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 - Jr; Gym Rebuilding Pondered After Disastrous...
Jr; Gym Rebuilding Pondered After Disastrous Fire The Stony Point School'board is expected to meet soon to termine whether a wilt be called for bond issue reconstruC' tion of the grade school gymnasium. The gymnasium was gutted Tuesday afternoon by fire of undetermined origin. Four fire engines failed to quench t flames. The Stony Point School Is about 10 miles north of Lawton and about three miles west of the Porter Hill area. Students discovered the gym- Rus-!nasium full of smoke at the 5 '' 3 1 '' ° f acl ' v ''y Period shortly after 2 p.m., according to prin- cipal Frank Basinger. He said they told him the gymnasium w a s burning, he raced out and found interior tilled with smoke. The 1 crnnlro in-uina rnrl ts\ lia nnmi n cr -Steven lesli- smoke appeared to be coming from beneath the bleachers, said. Basinger said he lold a leach- e r Io notify area fire deparl- ments and altempted to quell the blaze with hand fire extinguishers. ~ smoke, he saitl, pre. .. ..im from enlering t h e b u i l d i n g , and flames broke Barneii,!almost i m m e d i a t e l engines were present al one] ; t i m c , along with over 20 firemen and volunteers. The b u i l d i n g , a constructed some I n years collapsed shortly a f t e r the arrived. It was a total loss. Basingcr said the school was u n h a r m e d . Firemen streams of w a t e r playing roof, and on the teacherage and a v a c a n t house. structures are only a few feet ' From the g y m n a s i u m Basinger said he ordered children i n l o the school u n l in the g y m n a s i u m Ihen ordered them outside. A few m i n u t e s later, he them onlo school buses. He said the building was insured, but did not know how much of the loss would be covered. No estimate of damage was made, but it will run into thousands of dollars. Mai Ja U 5 A R i_om y Coros,

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  1. The Lawton Constitution,
  2. 17 Nov 1965, Wed,
  3. Page 19

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