RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at a century-old elementary school in Richmond that was engulfed in flames Friday night will have classes canceled Monday and Tuesday before switching to virtual learning Wednesday.
About 350 students attend William Fox Elementary School in Richmond’s Fan District. The school was built in 1911.
On Saturday Superintendent Jason Kamras announced plans for virtual learning while the school system searches for options to resume in-person learning. He said officials are evaluating the former Clark Springs Elementary School and other facilities as alternatives.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that firefighters were dispatched to the school at 9;30 p.m. Friday but didn’t see anything and left the scene. They returned an hour later to an intense blaze that required firefighters to adopt a “defensive posture,” Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter said.
The cause remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.