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Crews battle 3-alarm fire at William Fox Elementary in Richmond

Roof at William Fox Elementary school on fire
Posted at 11:17 PM, Feb 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 14:56:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- William Fox Elementary School in Richmond was consumed in flames on Friday night, according to responding firefighters.

The first reports about the 3-alarm fire at the school, which is located in the 2300 block of Hanover Avenue in the Fan District, came in around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

"Once on scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the top floor above the main entrance. The fire was quickly spreading across the top of the structure," Richmond Fire spokesperson Amy Vu wrote in an email."At approximately 11:09 p.m., parts of the roof began to collapse, so all crews were evacuated from the interior."

The fire was marked under control at about 2:44 a.m.

"Crews will be on scene through the morning to monitor hotspots," Vu said. "No injuries have been reported."

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras shared the following tweet Friday night:

In a later email to parents, Kamras asked the community to pray for Fox Elementary families, students, and staff.

"As you can surely imagine, the Fox community is reeling this morning," his email read. "We are working with Principal Jacobs on a continuity of learning plan for Fox students, and will have more details on this tomorrow for families and staff."

The cause of the fire at the 110-year-old school remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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