'Suspicious' fire breaks out at Leon Heights Elementary School in Belton

Classes will resume Monday at the Leon Heights Elementary School building. But, fire officials have described the fire to district administrators as "suspicious," according to a BISD spokesperson.

BELTON - UPDATE: Classes will resume Monday at the Leon Heights Elementary School building. But, fire officials have described the fire to district administrators as "suspicious," according to a BISD spokesperson.

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Fire crews responded to a fire Thursday night at a Belton ISD elementary school.

The fire began around 8:44 p.m. at Leon Heights Elementary School, which is located at 1501 North Main St. in Belton.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, it was an active fire -- with smoke that could be smelled from several blocks away. Luckily, the City of Belton described the blaze as only "a small fire" which they were able to tackle, in part, from the roof.

A Belton ISD Spokesperson said the fire itself was located in the main hallway near the school's office. Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire.

"Although there was minimal damage, the building is not expected to be released to the district before an investigation is conducted on Friday," BISD Spokesperson Elizabeth Cox wrote in an email.

While firefighters were at the scene, an unrelated car crash happened across the street on Main Street. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt. But, a white sedan with front-end damage was taken away by a tow truck while firefighters were still investigating the fire at the school.

There will be no classes Friday at Leon Heights Elementary School. Instead, the district will deploy a contingency plan that includes holding classes at the BISD Administration Building, which is located at 400 N Wall St. in Belton. School will begin at the regular time of 7:40 a.m. and buses will run on their usual time schedules -- just delivering the students to the administration building instead of the elementary school.

Parents who wish to drop off their children will be able to do so at the Wall Street Auditorium, where the children will be greeted by school staff and administrators in the morning. Cox said breakfast and lunch would be available.

Leon Heights Elementary School parents may contact the school’s main line with questions: 254-215-3200. If they are unable to get through, they may also contact district administrators at 254-215-2000. Any school schedule updates were expected to be posted here.

District Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon was on scene late Thursday evening, speaking with first responders. A damage assessment will be completed, but initial information from a city spokesperson suggested the damage was only minor.

"Belton ISD appreciates the strong response and excellent partnership with the Belton Fire
Department and the City of Belton," Cox said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation Thursday night. A few people posted comments on the Channel 6 Facebook page about witnessing various things. If you have any information related to the fire, please contact the Belton Fire Department at 254-933-5881 and ask for the fire marshal. Or, call Belton Police at 254-933-5840.

Cox said regular classes were expected to resume at the school on Monday.

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