Booker T. Washington HS ready for first day of school after fire - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Booker T. Washington HS ready for first day of school after fire

Posted: Updated:
The fire at Booker T. Washington HS on July 2 is believed to have started in this hallway of the C wing, possibly by a worker using a chemical product to strip the floor. The fire at Booker T. Washington HS on July 2 is believed to have started in this hallway of the C wing, possibly by a worker using a chemical product to strip the floor.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Repairs are complete inside Shreveport's Booker T. Washington High School after it was damaged by fire over the summer, just in time for the first day of school in Caddo Parish on Monday.

Those repairs didn't come cheap. Initially, repairs and cleanup was expected to cost around $200-250,000. Now, that cost is expected to run higher, but just how much higher is not certain yet.

On Friday afternoon, the focus was on getting teachers moved in for the first day of school on Monday.

Back on July 2, emergency responders rushed to put out the fire inside Booker T. Washington High School, as thick, black smoke poured out of the windows. It started in the main hallway of the school's C wing. While the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, initial reports indicated the fire may have started accidentally by a worker using a chemical product to strip the floor. One week later, an army of school staff and contractors began the month-long clean up and repair work.

Director of Construction and Capital Projects for Caddo Schools Steve White has been working to coordinate staff and troubleshooting for the past month following the fire, as work continued to get the school ready for classes to begin. White says it was the clean-up that took the most time. "Basically the re-build happened in 7 days. We received this 7, days ago Tuesday, last Tuesday."

Among other things, classrooms have been freshly repainted and the entire C wing has been re-wired. Caddo School School Board Member Carl Pierson says he's impressed with how much has been accomplished to ready the building for the start of the school year. "It's just been an amazing feat. And we're just so proud and grateful that we were able to get it done like we wanted to get it done."

Pierson and others explained that the school district will foot the entire bill initially. As for who's insurance company ultimately ends up paying, we're told that will largely depend on who investigators rule caused the fire, whether it be contractors doing the work in the hallway at the time the fire started or the school district.

Copyright 2014 KSLA. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow