Small fire at Leon Heights Elementary, classes shifted


UPDATE: The Belton Fire Department reports the on-site investigation into the Thursday night fire at Leon Heights Elementary School resulted in a conclusion that the cause of the fire is “suspicious”.

No other details of the investigation were released Friday afternoon.

The fire was contained to a small section of the main hallway of the school, near the administration office.

Damage was limited to a door, skylight structure, and adjacent ceiling tiles.

Belton Fire Marshal Jeff Booker was assisted in his investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, in coordination with the Belton Police Department.

There were no injuries.

Classes will resume at the school as usual on Monday.

Below is the original text from this story:

A fire at Leon Heights Elementary School Thursday night was relatively minor, but will result in classes being shifted to another location while the investigation is conducted.

Leon Heights students will have school Thursday at the Belton ISD Wall Street Auditorium and Administration Building at 400 North Wall Street.

Belton ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon says that district officials were notified about 9:00 p.m. Friday that the Belton Fire Department had responded to the campus and out out a small fire in the main hallway near the school’s office.

There was what was described as minimal damage.

Buses were to run at normal times and just take the Leon Heights students to the Administration Building instead of their usual location.

Parents were told that children could be dropped off at the Wall Street Auditorium.

Administrators and staff were to be there to greet children on their arrival and breakfast and lunch was to be available as usual.

Leon Heights parents may contact the school’s main line at 254-215-3200 for assistance as needed.

In addition they may contact the administration at 254-215-2000.

The superintendant said the district appreciates the strong response and excellant partnership with the Belton Fire Department and the City of Belton.

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