Sheriff: Cameron Schools fire not arson

By: 
Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said on Thursday [Aug. 31, 2017] that arson has been ruled out in the devastating Cameron Schools fire from Tuesday.

"We have finished the investigation on scene at the school and everything has been released back to the school," Seale said. "We have determined that the fire originated in a storage closet in the high school office. There is no evidence of criminal activity being involved as the origin of the fire."

The fire engulfed the high school and gym, with 13 teachers and staff completely losing their entire rooms, as well as students losing their locker items.

School supplies are being accepted for the school. Many businesses in Poteau will accept supplies for the district, as well as Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. Donations brought directly to the school should be brought to the elementary building.

School should begin again by the end of next week.

The following school supplies are needed:

Notebook paper, Clorox wipes, markers, copy paper, Germ-X, rulers, pens, construction paper, calculators, pencils, receipt books, white out, dry erase markers, clipboards, crayons, tape and tape dispensers, disinfectant spray, totes and storage boxes, scissors, backpacks, chalk, paper clips, Band-Aids, erasers, rubber bands, rubber gloves, desk calenders, binders, first-aid kits, folders, batteries, Post-It notes, highlighters, hot glut guns and glue sticks, Sharpies, colored pencils and masking tape.

Photos in the photo slider above are by Poteau Daily News Reporter Jenny Huggins.

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