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Fire recovery underway in Eupora

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 3/24/2014 6:12 pm
EUPORA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Investigators have determined the source of a weekend fire at Eupora High School.

Investigators say the source of the fire is electrical and it started in a break room which is located close to the high school office.

"It's just one step back that we were not anticipating," said Webster County Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar.

It's been a tough three days for all involved.

There's fire, smoke and water damage, but it could have been worse.

Firefighters came from all directions and quickly doused the flames.

"If it hadn't been for them, we wouldn't be standing in this building today," Treloar added.

"We've been overwhelmed with all the outpouring of support that we've had from parents, grandparents, teachers and community people," said Eupora High School Principal Laci Knight.

That support will be needed as the district takes on a significant recovery process.

More than 250 students will have to be moved to the old Eupora High School building on campus.

School officials are hoping to get things back in order as soon as possible. They're doing that with help from other schools. Two hundred and fifty desks have already been donated for that purpose.

Down the hall we find teacher Randee Jernigan. Gone are her high tech classroom tools. It's back to old school.

"Now, we are going back to dry erase boards and markers and a lot of wiping. You just kind of got to keep going," said Jernigan.

To keep going, it's going to take some repair work in at least one of the restrooms. They have a lot of work to do and the clock is ticking.

"We're working hard to make sure that we get everything back to normal," added Treloar.

The principal believes they are well on their way to achieving that goal.

"School is a lot more than a building and Eupora High School - we feel like we're a family and we're gonna get through it," Knight added.

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