Batesville school fire appears accidental

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BATESVILLE, Miss. — The Panola County Superintendent of Schools said a fire that heavily damaged Batesville elementary school there appears to be accidental.

Tim Wilder said a preliminary report points to an electrical issue causing the fire.

July 10, a fire broke out that heavily damaged classrooms, halls and the cafeteria.

Classes are still scheduled to resume next month.

Pre-K and first-grade students would remain at the main building at Batesville Elementary because it only suffered minor damages.

Kindergarten classes would go to Batesville Middle while 5th graders at that school would attend the Junior High School.

The Batesville First Security Bank started a fund to help raise money for teachers who lost everything just weeks before school begins.

The bank planned to match donations up to $15,000.

If you are interested in donating to the fund, go to a First Security Bank location and mention you are giving to the Batesville Elementary School Teacher’s Fund.

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