WAXAHACHIE — An inspection by a structural engineer revealed that there was no structural damage to the future home of Waxahachie High School after a rooftop fire in the early morning hours on May 26.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the roof of the band hall.
"We had the structural engineers come out. They looked at everything and there was no structural damage there whatsoever. So we are just going replace a little bit of the decking and a little bit of the roof and go forward from there. We should not really lose any time. Shouldn't lose much at all,” Waxahachie ISD Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Clyde Melick said. “The roofer said he would take it off and replace it as is. So, it is no cost to the school district whatsoever. We are not going to file on insurance as far as I know.”
Firefighters received the call of a possible structure fire at the intersection of U.S. 287 Business and the U.S. Highway 287 service road at about 2 a.m. on May 26. Crews were able to set the ladder truck and knock the fire down. Then they extinguished the remaining portion of the fire using hand lines. The cause of the fire is accidental in nature and is connected with the application of roofing tar that was being applied to the surface by construction crews.
"There was no extension below the roof or onto any other floors. It did burn two small holes all the way through the roof, but that was the only damage. The fire was confined to the roof,” Waxahachie Fire Department Capt. Dusty Griffin said in the May 26 Daily Light article. “There was probably something smoldering within that tar and eventually with the wind blowing and everything it got hot enough to catch some of that tar on fire.”
The new high school will be approximately 480,000 square feet when completed and is over 100,000 square feet larger than the current building on U.S. Highway 77.
The campus is estimated to cost right around $118 million and is part of the $125 million bond passed by voters in May 2015. The school would have a maximum capacity well over 3,500 students and is set to open for the 2018-19 school year.
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