Fire Destroys Montgomery County School

Officials are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a 120-year-old building that housed a Montgomery County school.

The fire started around 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Wyncote Academy on the 7900 block of Washington Lane in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. The fire was placed under control at 10:30 a.m.

Officials have not yet revealed a cause and continue to investigate. No one was hurt during the blaze.

The fire caused heavy damage to the school’s roof and the building is a total loss.

Classes are canceled Monday and Tuesday. Wyncote Academy students will have classes at Gratz College on Old York Road starting Wednesday. They will remain there for the foreseeable future.

Founded in 1973, Wyncote Academy is a licensed, non-profit, private school that serves special needs and at-risk students in grades 6 through 12.

"We have a lot of kids who have been victims of bullying and so they come to our school looking for a safe place to be," said Kerry Leraris, the Head of School of Wyncote Academy. "And honestly, now once again they've been traumatized because their school is no longer."

D.J. Williams, a 9th grade student at the school, described the impact the academy has had on her life.

"I was not the best student at my public school," she said. "But since attending Wyncote I've been an honor roll student two times now."

Staff members are still hopeful for the future however.

"We will rebuild," said Brock Weir, a Wyncote Academy graduate and staff member. "We'll create new work and we'll start new memories in a new location and hopefully we'll come back here and rebuild. We're going to carry on. Wyncote is going to remain Wyncote strong."

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