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Sonora El buildings may be lost

Damage from the Nov. 25 fire at Sonora Elementary School will exceed $3 million in costs and will likely result in the school’s F building being demolished, Sonora’s fire chief said Monday.

During a Sonora City Council Meeting, Fire Chief Mike Barrows updated the council members on the fire recovery and investigation at the elementary school. He said the updated damage estimates place losses at $3.1 million for the hardest-hit F building where the fire originated. That estimate doesn’t include costs to move in portable buildings and clean up the smoke damage in two other school buildings.

Barrows also told the council members that the F building, which consisted of classrooms, will most likely need to be demolished because of the extent of the damage.

“It’s cheaper often times to demolish a building and rebuild it” than try to rehab it, he said.



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