Grinnell Middle School damaged in fire

GRINNELL, Kan. (KSNW) - A fire damaged a middle school in the town of Grinnell late Wednesday. That is in Gove County. 

KSN has learned the fire started around midnight. Grinnell, Grainfield and Oakley fire departments were called to the school a little after midnight.

When fire crews arrived, flames could be seen coming out of the roof in the gymnasium area. 

Fire officials said the fire started on the west side and destroyed the gymnasium locker rooms. 

One man who lives across the street said he saw the whole thing. 

"We went to bed about midnight, and we could see out of the kitchen window and saw flashing lights com by," Derrick Burns, who lives across the street from the school, said. "So, we got up and looked like an ambulance went by. Fire trucks were all over and smoker wearing off of the back of the building over there."

Crews were still on the scene of the fire Thursday morning, and officials said it took them about seven hours to put the fire out. 

Officials said one firefighter, who remains unidentified, was transported to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion. He was treated and released. 

Estimated amount of damage is $700,000.

Crews are still investigating the full extent of the damage and how the fire started.

KSN tried reaching out to USD 291's superintendent Gray Kraus, and he declined to comment. 

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