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Fire destroys historic school

Courtesy Larry Miller

An overnight fire destroyed a historic school in Morrilton.

The fire reportedly started shortly after midnight Friday at the former Morrilton Colored School at 906 West Rock Street. Video provided to Channel 7 News by Larry Miller showed the structured engulfed in flames.

Crews worked for several hours to extinguish the fire. Firefighters worked throughout the day monitoring hot spots. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital and treated for heat exhaustion.

According to Morrilton Fire Chief Earle Eichenberger, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is still under investigation.

The school was built in 1934 to serve the educational needs of African American children.

The building was later named Sullivan High School and is currently occupied by Morrilton Child Development.

The building is now owned by the city and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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