The fire that destroyed the gymnasium and some of the elementary school at Mitchell has been determined an accident.
In a report released by the Racine Fire Department, the cause of the fire is still undetermined, but is has been deemed an accident.
After the fire started in a space between the ceiling and the roof of the gym, the wooden safety cage around heating elements caught fire. Heat from the blaze weakened the trusses in the gym and caused the roof to collapse, the release reads.
The fire broke out early Feb. 27 and destroyed the gym. Smoke and water from fighting the fire caused much of the elementary school damage.
Elementary students are attending Wind Point Elementary for the rest of the year, and middle school students were back in class at Mitchell on March 18 after getting an extra week of spring break. Middle school students will have extended days through the end of the year to make up for the missed time.
Racine Unified officials expect the gym to be rebuilt, but final costs are not known yet, The Journal Times reported. The district does have insurance to cover the damage after a $50,000 deductible.
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