School Fire Initially Ruled an Accident

School Fire Initially Ruled an Accident
By: Ryan Tate
PATTON, Mo. - Fire investigators tell Meadow Heights Superintendent Rob Huff the fire Monday night in the Vocational-Agricultural building was probably accidental.
Huff tells Heartland News the investigator confirmed to him that the fire started in the building's office.  The blaze caused approximately $300,000 in damage.
The fire started shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday night, and took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock down the fire.  No one was injured.
"The community has really come together in the wake of this fire," Huff said.
Huff said the school leaders will move the classes that occupied that building to other parts of the campus.  They were able to make room following construction projects this summer.  Huff still does not know where a new shop area will be constructed for students.
"That building meant a lot to our Future Farmers of America program," Huff said. "They did a great job of documenting their history, and most of that can not be replaced."
Huff says about 100 students used the Vocational-Agriculture building during a school day.