Fire marshal investigates La Plata school fire

La Plata Elementary School Fire
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Classes were canceled at La Plata Elementary School on December 1 due to a fire.

The La Plata Community Fire Protection District reports it responded on Friday morning, December 1, around 5 a.m. to a report of the building being fully engulfed in flames. The fire department found the northwest corner of the building’s north wing fully engulfed.

A pre-connected attack line was deployed, along with a second hand line. The fire department attacked the fire from the inside and made ventilation efforts.

Additional resources were requested from the Kirksville Fire Department and Adair County Fire.

Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours and stayed several hours after the fire was extinguished to address hot spots and assist the State Fire Marshal’s Office with its investigation.

The La Plata R-2 School District reports the fire appears to have been contained to the front of the building around the offices. The district does not think either wing of classrooms was greatly affected.

Classes are planned at La Plata Baptist Church on December 5 for most elementary students. Teachers and staff members will meet on December 4 to discuss details.

As of Friday night, December 1, the La Plata Community Fire Protection District reported the fire marshal’s investigation was ongoing, and a cause for the fire had not been determined.

(All photos courtesy La Plata Community Fire Protection District)


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Jennifer Thies

Jennifer’s interest in radio began at a young age. She started as a news reporter at KTTN in January 2017, but previously worked almost a year and a half as an on-air announcer and with news at the NPR affiliate KXCV/KRNW, which serves Northwest Missouri. Jennifer was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media: Broadcast Production with an Emphasis in Audio Production from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.