Investigators are expected to return to Central Tech high school today, as they search for the cause of Friday’s destructive fire.
Federal investigators with the Bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms are being asked to help with a hard drive that contains images from the school’s cameras. Building code inspectors will also be asked to determine the integrity of the building, and fire investigators are returning today in order to determine whether it is safe to enter the building to do further investigation on the cause of the fire.
Due to the extent of Friday morning’s fire, the district canceled classes for the rest of the school year for both Central Tech high school and Roosevelt middle school students; the building is off limits to everyone.
This morning, code enforcement officers; Fire Chief, Guy Santone; and a structural engineer hired by the district were on scene to determine if it is safe to walk through the school, and to what extent the fire damaged the steel in the building.
Erie Schools Superintendent, Jay Badams, and the incoming Superintendent, Brian Polito, also were on the scene this morning, taking some external shots of damage. Polito says, “The damage appears to be contained to one area of the school’s ‘C’ wing, and it could have been much worse.”
School board members are sticking to a plan to renovate the building in time for the consolidation this fall.