This morning, reportedly at 9:55 a.m., Cedaredge High School’s barn burned down. No people were harmed, but two goats, belonging to a teacher at the school, died in the fire. There were two other goats that made it out alive.
According to Cedaredge Police Department Chief Dan Sanders, no arson is suspected at this time, though surveillance footage outside the exits of the school are being reviewed.
According to a statement by CHS Principal Randy Brown and Assistant Principal CJ Cannell, that was released on the Cedaredge Bruins Facebook page, as well as sent out to the parents of the students, when the fire was discovered by a student, “The office staff called 911 and promptly put the students in shelter in place. Regular instruction continued, and staff and students move about the building as normal. A shelter-in-place is initiated when there may be a safety issue in the area around the school. The shelter-in-place lasted approximately 25 minutes.”
Cedaredge Police and Fire Departments arrived to handle the situation. The school’s insurance company is being notified and will need to come out and inspect the area, Brown said.
The area was taped off by the police shortly after noon. No one is allowed to enter the area at this point and the deceased goats are still in there at this time until the investigation allows them to be removed.
More information will be released as it becomes available.