ORLEANS – An early morning fire engulfed and consumed the contents of the mostly-empty building that was the Orleans High School.
A Harlan County Sheriff’s deputy spotted fire coming from the building at approximately 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. By the time fire crews arrived the building was fully engulfed. Orleans Fire Chief Matt Massey said the building was a total loss.
“The building was in a collapsed state already,” Massey said. “We went into a defensive mode. It took as several hours to get it under control. We also shut down highway 136 that runs through Orleans.”
Fire fighters were still at the scene by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“There are still some hot spots,” Massey said, “the roof collapsed onto the second floor, so there is a lot of debris, there was also some old desks in there. The building was built in 1926, there was a lot of material to burn in there.”
No injuries were reported and a cost estimate or a cause have yet to be determined. Fire fighters from Orleans, Alma and Stamford helped to fight the flames.
Fire Chief Matt Massey on Orleans High School Fire