What Caused Devastating School Fire?

DETROIT (WWJ) – The cleanup and the investigation is beginning into a fire that heavily damaged a historic Detroit Public School building early Tuesday morning.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports that in front of the Paul Robeson Academy, you can see the area of the roof that was burned out; the origin of the fire being in the attic of the 5-story building. At this point, district officials are trying to learn not only the cause of the fire, but where to go from here, as far as whether the integrity of the building will allow them to rebuild on the site, or whether they’re going to have to move the Academy somewhere else.

At this point, no cause has been determined. Arson investigators do plan to interview several people as part of their investigation.

As far as the students, they’ve been moved to another school, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, until they’re able to make a decision on what they’re going to do next at the Academy.

The plans were to celebrate Paul Robeson Academy’s 20th anniversary this summer.

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