Fire breaks out at Glendale elementary school

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 9:45 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at a Glendale school Friday afternoon.

The fire at Glenn Burton Elementary near 49th and Maryland avenues apparently started in storage sheds and spread to the attic of a classroom.

Firefighters who were in the area spotted a white plume of smoke and followed it to the school.

The three storage sheds and many school supplies were destroyed, but fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to the main building.

The burned classroom building, which is owned by Catholic charities, was used for an Early Head-Start program.

"It's a pretty good school," said Susana Trujilo, whose daughter was supposed to attend the federally funded preschool this fall. "What are they going to do now for the kids?"

Firefighters say it's too early to determine whether the classroom can be salvaged.

"After the fire investigator gets finished with his business, then they can bring in some construction specialists to check it out," said Danny Senese with the Glendale Fire Department. "Hopefully they can salvage this building here so the students can go back to school."

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