Fire Marshal: Cause of Grinnell Middle School fire "undetermined"

GRINNELL, Kan. Friday, August 10, 2018

Fire officials were unable to determine the cause of a fire at Grinnell Middle School.

Logan County dispatchers received a report of a fire in the 400 block of south Monroe late Wednesday night.

Grinnell Fire Department was dispatched to the fire and received mutual aid at the scene from Grainfield and Oakley Fire Departments.

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

Investigators say the damage is estimated at $700,000.

Grinnell's superintendent Friday says school is expected to start as scheduled on Aug. 23.

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Firefighters are investigating a fire that happened Wednesday night at a middle school in the town of Grinnell.

The Gove County Sheriff’s Office received the call around midnight that the school was on fire.

Investigators with the Kansas Fire Marshall were at the scene Thursday looking into what started the blaze. Fire investigators say it is an ongoing investigation.

Grinnell’s School Superintendent did not want to comment on the incident and could not confirm if classes at the school would begin as scheduled in two weeks.

Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with a woman who witnessed the fire.

"I just saw smoke, but the fellow I talked to right before I got there (said) the flame shot up in the sky right after he heard a big noise, like maybe the roof falling in or something," witness Leona Dickan says.