Fire damages Tucson charter school

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- School officials say classes will be held as scheduled Monday at Compass High School even after a huge fire destroyed much of the school Thursday night.

Tucson Fire officials estimate the damage at $2-million.  The fire broke out at the school near 22nd Street and Sarnoff at about 6:40 p.m.  Large flames were seen coming out from the front of the building, located in a strip shopping center.

Fire officials used nearly 50 firefighters and battled the blaze for over three hours before calling it under control.

On Friday, TFD announced the cause was accidental.  They say fumes from building materials in the building being used to install new wood flooring apparently ignited causing the fire.  TFD warned people about storing similar materials in areas with poor air circulation.

School officials told Fox 11 News they still have some rooms at the 22nd Street location they can use on Monday and plan to work over the weekend to get temporary classrooms installed and prepared.  Monday is the first day of the new school year for the charter school.

Full coverage and updates on the fire tonight on Fox 11 News at Nine.