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Fire at Shenandoah cosmetology

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THE SHENANDOAH High School cosmetology lab lets off smoke as firefighters work to bring the fire under control early Tuesday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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From page A1 | October 30, 2013 | 5 Comments

Black and gray smoke billowed out of what had been the ROP cosmetology building at Shenandoah High School Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported to dispatch at 8:44 a.m. Chris Hoffman, El Dorado Union High School District superintendent, noted that the building, which has three classrooms, was unoccupied at the time. The cosmetology program does not start until 9:30 a.m. but students on campus were evacuated to the parking lot.

Hoffman expressed dismay at the loss of the fairly new building. By just after 9 a.m., the building was still standing, but inside the building was burnt black. Black smoke had turned to gray, still pouring heavily out, as firefighters from Diamond Springs, El Dorado County, Rescue and Cameron Park fire protection districts and Cal Fire pulled burned chairs and desks out of the rooms, but had the fire mostly under control.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation at the time, Hoffman said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and CHP also responded to the fire.

The Dental ROP class was canceled due to a lack of electrical and computer lines. Students were shifted to Union Mine High School for th day, according to the Superintendent’s Office.

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  • Jennifer FitzgeraldOctober 29, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    A very sad day for all the cosmo students and their Instructors. Thank you to all the wonderful people who tried to save our school. We are so grateful that no one was hurt.

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  • Rent A KitOctober 30, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your staff and students.

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  • CSROP COSMETOLOGYOctober 30, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Thank your thoughts.

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  • Jenn BickfordOctober 30, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    I am a graduated student from Central Sierra when it was still located at Ponderosa High School. I am so saddened to hear of the news. My thoughts go out to the instructors Ive learned so much from, and to all the students whom still have bright futures ahead! -Jenn Bickford

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  • CSROP COSMETOLOGYOctober 31, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Thank you Jenn for your kind words. We all remain strong and positive during this difficult time. The school district has been so supportive and plans for a new building are already in place. Miss you and please stop by when you can.

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