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Fire at Preble High School seriously impacts athletics programs

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Fire at Preble High School seriously impacts athletics programs

By Brooke Hafs. CREATED Aug 8, 2014

Green Bay--An investigation and major cleanup efforts are underway at Green Bay's Preble High School after an overnight fire.

 Crews were called to the school's gym around 1:30 am Friday morning after a fire alarm went off. Activities and summer school were canceled for the day.

School leaders say they'll know more about how the fire started next week, but we do know it will have a serious impact on Preble's athletic program this year.

Firefighters worked through the night to save the gym at Preble High School, but a lot has already been ruined. The school's athletic director says equipment, the weight room and team uniforms are burned.

"You could smell the smoke coming off of it," said junior Makayla Hansen.

As fire investigation units work to determine a cause, sudents, like Hansen on the volleyball team, worry about what's next. Their gear was destroyed.

"It's really unfortunate because we have our whole season coming up and we don't know what we're going to do about homes games or practices or try outs that start in a week," said Hansen.

District leaders say classes are still set to begin on time, on September 2nd. A restoration company will work around the clock to get the building ready. The gym is most heavily burned but the entire building has smoke damage

"Our number one goal is to get our students back to a safe and productive learning environment,
 said Preble's principal, Natasha Rowell.

Hansen says it's disheartening home games are out of the question, but she's thankful it's nothing worse.

"Nobody was in the builing at the time but it's still scary that all of our stuff is gone," said Hansen.

There will be no open gym right now, but sports teams starting next week should still report to their offsite locations as scheduled . The athletic director says he's working with other schools to coordinate hosting home games

 

Read the letter to Preble High School parents, teachers and students from the Green Bay Area Public School District.