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SULPHUR SCHOOL SCORCHED

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By The Staff

By Brent Schanding

Landmark News Service

Arson hasnt been ruled out in a Sunday night blaze that destroyed the former Sulphur High School on Ky. 157.

Smoke and flames billowed from the abandoned hilltop structure and could be seen for miles away, according to reports from fire officials and witnesses. Only the building's brick facade remains. At least 20 firefighters from four fire departments responded to the fire that took nearly three hours to squelch.

"It was pretty much fully involved when they got there," Campbellsburg Fire Chief David Noe said. "There was heavy fire and smoke showing. It was too dangerous to send anyone in."

Decay had already crippled the more than 80-year-old building and likely fueled the fire, officials said. The school was abandoned in the 1960s after serving most recently as an elementary school.

"We take risks based on the results we're going to get," Noe said. "If someone's trapped in a structure we'll take greater risks to get them out. But we're not going to do that to save a property."

Emergency crews were on hand for those battling the blaze, but no injuries were reported, Noe said.

Danny Stivers, an arson investigator for the Kentucky State Police, said he's unsure if the fire was set deliberately. But his arson investigation is ongoing, he said.

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