School Building Lost to Fire

Firefighter Andrew Latham and Lt. Thurlo Ward work to extinguish the blaze on the west end of the building. Photo by Kendall Owens.

Church members Alex Cole, L.C. Velma, and Dr. Robert Cole inspect the damage the morning after. Photo by Kendall Owens.

Historic School Building Burns

A fire Monday, Jan. 25, destroyed an historic school building at Christ Episcopal Church in Forrest City, Ark. The building was no longer being used as a school. In the top photo, firefighter Andrew Latham and Lt. Thurlo Ward work to extinguish the blaze on the west end of the building. In the bottom photo, church member Alex Cole, custodian L.C. Velma and church member Dr. Robert Cole inspect the damage this morning. Photos by Kendall Owens.

The Forrest City Times-Herald reported:

“According to a report from the Forrest City Fire Department, firefighters were called to 1120 Ophelia Street, just before 6 p.m., Monday. When firefighters arrived, they found the south building on the campus of Christ Church School engulfed in flames. Firefighters spent more than three hours extinguishing the fire that destroyed the building which has served as a black school, community center, polling site and gathering place for decades.”

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