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Fire destroys building at Houlka Attendance Center

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 7/31/2014 1:53 am
HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- School officials say a building on fire at Houlka Attendance Center is a total loss.

Superintendent Betsy Collums says the principal heard a noise, a possible explosion, around 1 p.m. this afternoon.

Collums says the building was built in 1935 and is the oldest building on campus.

She says fifth and sixth grade classes used the facility, as well as jr. high and high school classes.

The building also housed the school's auditorium.

Collums says the building was undergoing a renovation and they had just received a historic grant to replace the windows and the heating and cooling system.

She says they don't have any idea at this time how the fire started. No injuries were reported.

School officials will begin the process tomorrow of relocating the classrooms to other buildings on campus.

Students are still scheduled to start school on time this year. Classes begin on August 6.

WTVA News has a crew in Houlka and will will have more information on WTVA News and when it becomes available.

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