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Firefighters battle the blaze at Almira Elementary and Middle School the night of Oct. 12.

ALMIRA – Classes are canceled today, Oct. 13, for students at Almira Elementary and Middle School after fire destroyed the school building the afternoon and evening of Oct. 12.

Students were out of school Oct. 12 because of an electrical outage. The fire broke out late in the afternoon.

Almira students who attend Almira/Coulee-Hartline High School do have classes today, according to the Almira district. The two districts operate under a cooperative agreement.

“Almira Elementary and ACH Middle School have amazing students and a wonderful staff. Nothing that happened today changes this,” said ACH High School in a social media post. “One of the many great things about our small town communities is we support each other through the good and the bad. We are proud to be Warriors.”

District officials are working on plans for resuming classes. Chromebook tablet computers used by Almira students for remote classes were in the destroyed building.

Zoom classes could be accessible to students next week. Portables also have been discussed.

Neighboring districts have offered support.

The building was constructed around 1950. Also lost in the fire were dozens Almira High School class photos.

“I’d like to give a big shout out to all of the local volunteer firefighters that dropped what they were doing this afternoon and came to the aid of the tiny town of Almira,” wrote Almira resident and graduate Kari McKay on Facebook. “These guys don’t get enough credit and they worked so hard to try and stop this fire.”

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