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Fire Closes Denton Prep School

School closed Thursday, Friday



    A fire at a school in Denton County has closed the school through the weekend.

    For hours, the Selwyn College Prep School burned---too dangerous for firefighters to attack from anywhere but outside the building.

    Teachers, students and school administrators watched the school burn, a hard thing to do for a group who said the school is a part of who they are.

    "It's just very sad," said headmaster, Connie Miller. "The school started in 1957. I believe these buildings have been here since '60, '61.  Very beloved buildings and school."

    Fire Closes Denton Prep School

    [DFW] Fire Closes Denton Prep School
    A private college prep school in Denton will be closed Thursday and Friday after a 2-alarm fire damaged the campus Thursday morning.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012)

    "It's unspeakable," said student Tyler Delzer. "It's really sad. It's like a family here. You know everybody, you know all the teachers, everybody's nice to each other. It's sad."

    And even with the extensive damage that was done to many of the buildings on campus school administrators said they'll be able to hold class elsewhere, in places that weren't burned, or damaged by smoke and water.

    Firefighters said they saved the school's cafeteria and roughly a dozen other buildings away from the main school.

    Even so, classes are cancelled through the weekend, but faculty members said this is not the end.

    "We'll get through, and it'll be okay," said teacher Kristin Delzer. "Things can be replaced, you can't take memories away."

    School leaders said they plan on rebuilding and resuming classes soon.

    Fire investigators are still working to determine a cause.