Mitchell School fire in Racine, Wisconsin: Video, photos
My wife Amy was already up at 2 a.m. when the fire truck horns started blasting down our street. Mitchell School was on fire. Mitchell Middle School and Mitchell Elementary School are co-located. The entrance to Mitchell Middle School is on Drexel Ave. at Webster St. Just south of that entrance, huge plumes of flame were rising out of the old gym/cafeteria hall. The windows had already blown out.
Amy said she first heard the fire engines around 1:30. The temperature was 7 degrees and falling when we went outside for a better look. A policeman shooed me back from the corner, and some of our neighbors joined us to marvel at the blaze. In just a few minutes, my gloved fingers were aching from the cold. I can only imagine what it was like for the firefighters, standing on ladders in the wind to spray water on the fire for hours.