The Wilson School Catches Fire Overnight

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - Fire crews were called to the scene of a three-alarm fire at the Wilson School in Clayton around 2:20am.  The school’s security system detected smoke and automatically sent out the call to both fire and school officials.

Crews from several nearby districts quickly converged on the 99-year-old school that has nearly 200 students from early childhood to 6th grade.

The fire appears to have started in the ceiling crawl space above the cafeteria.  Firefighters broke open ceiling skylights to help ventilate the smoke, which then poured into the nearby neighborhood.

The extent of the damage is unclear at this point, although Head of School Thad Falkner says he’s been told that at least 30 percent of the building has some sort of fire, smoke or water damage.

The school will have a better idea of what to do with class schedules once they are allowed inside to assess the damage for themselves.  Students are on spring break this week with classes set to return Monday.