Investigation Continues into ECCHS’ Agriculture Barn Fire

September 4, 2013

The investigation into a fire that caused the Elbert County Comprehensive High School’s agriculture barn to catch fire continues.

City of Elberton Fire Chief Henry McCalla said yesterday, that foul play is not suspected at this time, and that the likely cause was lighting from storms that moved through the area Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Elbert County School Superintendent Chuck Bell said it was a very unfortunate event.

“We have insurance coverage for these kind of things, but as unfortunate as it is, there is a plan in place as we move into Phase 2 of the project at the high school, which includes a new field house, which is going to be at the site where that barn previously stood”, said Bell.

Recently the school district has been working to acquire property located near the Elbert County Middle School.

“Which will be the home of our new barn”, said Bell. “This event is going to push us to make that happen more quickly.”

Chief McCalla said the building was a total loss, saying that tractors, generators, and other agriculture equipment inside the building were also severely damaged by the fire.

Investigation into the cause of the fire will continue by the city of Elberton Fire Department.