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