HURLEY, Va. (WJHL) — Smoke billowed out of Hurley High School on Tuesday as a fire evacuated students, teachers and staff.
According to a release from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, the agency learned about the fire at 12:07 p.m. and responded to the school located at 6339 Hurley Road.
Buchanan County Schools Superintendent Melanie Hibbits said one staff member was treated for smoke inhalation but no students were injured. The fire caused “significant smoke, water and structural damage,” states a release from Buchanan County Superintendant Melanie Hibbitts.
Both Hurley High School and Hurley Elementary Middle School will remain closed for the rest of the week so that the elementary and middle school buildings can be reconfigured to accommodate the high school students. Hibbits said the second floor will become a high school wing.
According to a release on Friday, it will take six to 12 months to restore the original high school to reopen.
The superintendent said just over 200 high students will be affected by that change.
“The Hurley community needs our prayers at this time,” Hibbits said. “They’ve gone through a lot with the flood and now this fire, so they’re resilient and we will make sure every child at Hurley High School is taken care of and in the best way possible.”
The state fire marshal is investigating the fire. School officials say it began in the concession stand of the school.
Students who were evacuated from the building will be able to pick up their belongings at the school on Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine issued the following statement Tuesday in response to the fire:
“I’m thankful for the first responders and administrators who helped Hurley High students evacuate safely today, and am keeping the staff member who was injured in my prayers. I will continue to monitor this situation closely as we learn more about what started this fire, and will keep doing all that I can to ensure our communities have the resources they need to respond to these kinds of emergencies as quickly as possible.”U.S. Sentator Tim Kaine
Several fire departments responded to the scene, including the Knox Creek Fire Department, Knox Creek Rescue Service, Slate Creek Fire Department, Grundy Fire Department and Russell Prater Fire Department.