Lee Elementary School, which was consumed by a three-alarm fire Tuesday night, had no sprinkler system, the Hillsborough County School District said Thursday.
We wil update this report with more information about the 111-year-old building, the condition of its electrical system, and statistics on how many Hillsborough schools have fire sprinklers and how many do not.
Communications chief Grayson Kamm told the Tampa Bay Times that a building as old as Lee was not required to have sprinklers unless it had undergone a major renovation in recent years, and that did not happen.
Still no word about whether the district will try to salvage or rebuild the historic, red brick structure.
School employees and volunteers from around the district have offered their support for the 329 students and 49 staff displaced by the blaze. Many will gather Friday morning at Lockhart Elementary School in East Tampa to ready that school's classrooms for the Lee students. They will arrive Monday.
They're scrambling to get their own schools ready as well. At last count, 15 still did not have power.