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Fire Damages Lizana Elementary School

HARRISON COUNTY (WLOX) -- "We have no injuries at this time, and we're trying to keep it that way, keeping the men and the women of the fire service refreshed with Gatorade and water," said Harrison County Fire Marshal George Mixon, at the scene of the fire.

About 30 firefighters from Harrison County and Gulfport fire departments worked together to put and keep the fire out.

"It took somewhere right around 40 minutes to get the fire under control because we had so much smoke and heat in the building that we had to go in and try to find it and identify it and not put water on smoke but put water on fire, because we don't have fire hydrants out here in the county, so we have to go by what water we have here in our trucks," Mixon said.

Although firefighters were on the scene within four minutes after the fire was reported, there was quite a bit of damage to the school.

"It appears to us the fire started in one classroom, and spread to three or four other classrooms in the building. There are about 24 classrooms in the building, a library, an office, an administrative building, there's extensive smoke damage in the building," said Henry Arledge, Harrison County School Superintendent.

Darin Cuevas, his wife and two children live near the school. His daughter, Hannah is on summer break and will be a second grader when the school reopens in August. The father of two to tried his best to explain what was happening.

"She's just been asking questions, how they're going to start school and stuff. It's going to be his first year. He'll be in kindergarten," Cuevas said.

Harrison County's school superintendent has some questions of his own.

"We don't know how the fire started, whether it was started by an individual or if it started on its own," Arledge said.

A full investigation is underway. Arledge says officials will review surveillance cameras at the school. He believes the school will be repaired in time for the first day of class on August 7.

By Toni Miles 

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