Classes at a Pahokee school closed by fire

Posted at 8:48 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 20:48:57-04

Charred rubble left behind after a fire broke out at an abandoned building in Pahokee Monday night is still smoldering.

The fire was so intense, it damaged the building next to it, which is Gap Christian Academy. It's a private school. Also in that building is a food pantry which feeds 500 families on a weekly basis.

The school's principal, Barbara Iderosa said, "They are concerned about the roof because of the tree up there it went on the roof and they are concerned that maybe it burned part of the roof."

Fire officials are also concerned. A red sign on the doors of the school says for now it's considered an unsafe building to use, until it can be inspected.

Iderosa says she's calling around to see who has room for the 40 students so the they can finish their last two weeks of school, "We have talked to two churches in the area and they seem to think that they may be able to help us out."

She's also looking to find a place to house the food pantry, so they can store food and continue to feed 500 families in the area, "Our biggest concern right now is that we are missing picking up from the stores."

Teachers at the school are anxious to get the kids back to class, and their regular routine as soon as they can.

Teacher Grace York said, "Yesterday we went on a field trip, so that was luckily considered a day of school."

The cause of the fire in the abandoned building remains under investigation.

If you would like to help the school and the food pantry, contact Barbara Iderosa 561-602-5646.