Officials: Lightning strike likely caused St. Cloud school fire


Officials believe a lightning strike may have sparked a fire that destroyed a St. Cloud school late Saturday, reports say.

The fire started around 11:40 p.m. Saturday at the Roosevelt Early Childhood Center, and burned through the night into Sunday.

Firefighters from five different cities were on the scene to help, but they had a difficult time reaching the fire because it was between a rubber roof and the ceiling, the St. Cloud Times reports.

The fire couldn't be completely extinguished, so crews were forced to tear it down. The fire chief plans to keep crews on the scene until at least 8 a.m. Monday, the St. Cloud Times reports.

No one was injured, reports say.

The Roosevelt Early Childhood Center is a pre-school and center for development for young kids. Nearly 100 Students were supposed to start summer school there on Tuesday, KSTP reports. Officials said they will have to find a new place for them to go.

The building was constructed in 1920 and named after Theodore Roosevelt, WJON reports.

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