A fire on the roof of the new Lake Belton High School, still under construction, was quickly extinguished Thursday.
Fire departments from Temple, Belton and Morgan’s Point Resort responded at about 12:10 p.m. to the fire as automatic aid for West Temple, Temple Fire & Rescue spokesman Thomas Pechal told the Telegram.
Thick, black smoke was seen from the area near State Highway 317 and FM 2483 in Temple. Firefighters found both flames and smoke coming from the roof, Pechal said.
No one was found in the building when firefighters searched and no one was injured.
Damage was limited to the school’s roof area, Pechal said.
An investigation proved the fire was unintentional and started because roofing material overheated during Thursday’s construction work.
Two skylights fell in, according to firefighters inside the large structure. Debris rained down on the floor below.
Propane tanks were also found in the area but were not compromised.
The majority of the fire was knocked down at 12:24 p.m. except for a few hot spots.
Responding to the fire were 13 units and 33 personal with Temple Fire & Rescue, Pechal said. The call came in at 12:11 p.m. and the first unit was at the fire by 12:15 p.m.
All units cleared the fire scene at 1:38 p.m.
The dollar amount of the damage wasn’t known by press time.
Belton schools spokeswoman Elizabeth Cox said no students at nearby High Point Elementary were in danger and the school was not evacuated.
The fire was closest to FM 2483, which was a “significant distance” from the school, High Point Elementary Principal Amy Thornton said in a message to parents. As a precaution, students on the playground were brought inside.
Lake Belton High, which has the capacity for about 2,500 students, is scheduled to open in fall 2020.