POCATELLO — Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 announced classes will resume Wednesday inside the Lincoln Early Childhood Center, following a Monday night fire that burned a modular classroom located on the campus grounds.
Head Start classes, however, won’t resume for a few more days, according to a school district press release.
The district canceled classes on Tuesday for both the Early Childhood Center, located on Oakwood Drive in the city’s west side, and Head Start programs housed on the campus in response to the fire.
Firefighters responded to the fire at about 9:45 p.m., after residents of the neighborhood reported noticing smoke in the air.
The fire appears to have originated in a heat unit, but the cause remains under investigation, according to a press release from the school district.
Pocatello police and firefighters responded and discovered the fire burning in one of the center’s modular classroom buildings.
Firefighters began battling the flames and had the fire completely extinguished in less than an hour.
“The damage caused by the fire was contained to the modular unit and did not impact the main building,” the school district said in the press release.
Half-day Head Start classes for 3-year-olds, which had been meeting inside of the modular classroom, will resume from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, but they will be relocated into two classrooms at Wilcox Elementary School, 427 Lark Lane. The full-day Head Start program for 3-year-olds will be incorporated into the main Lincoln building and will resume on their regular schedule on Nov. 18. Other Head Start classes in quarters that were not affected by the fire will also resume on Nov. 18.
“Staff and administrators for both the Early Childhood Classrooms and Head Start program will be communicating directly with the parents and guardians of learners in those programs to communicate information regarding schedules,” the district said in a press release.
The modular classroom building where the fire occurred sustained significant smoke and fire damage, and it’s doubtful the building is salvageable, according to the fire department.
No injuries were reported. Pocatello police temporarily shut down Oakwood Drive because of the fire.