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UPDATE: Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops closed until further notice after devastating fire

There isn't much left of Parkcrest Elementary School in Kamloops following a fire Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.
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September 06, 2019 - 10:29 AM

KAMLOOPS - A fire that ripped through a Kamloops elementary school building has left hundreds of students displaced.

The Kamloops-Thompson School District says on their Facebook page Parkcrest Elementary School will be closed until further notice.

The school was severely damaged by a fire that ignited yesterday, Sept. 5.

School officials are advising the families of students at the elementary school to make alternate arrangments for the supervision of their children beginning today, Sept. 6 and for the following week, Sept. 9 through to Sept. 13.

"District staff are developing a plan to ensure the emotional well-being and education of students," school district superintendent Alison Sidow says in a release. "The loss of Parkcrest Elementary is devastating to the students and staff who worked and learned in the building."

The school board asks parents to visit the Parkcrest Elementary school's website for updates on plans over the next week. Updates can be found by going here.

In a news release, the City says they are working with the school district to ensure students can return back to their education in a timely manner.

"We are devastated by the loss of the school, the news was heartbreaking. Our staff are already at work communicating with parents and developing a plan to ensure that our teachers and students are supported during this difficult time," School district board chair Kathleen Karpuk says in a tweet.

Community organizations such as the Kamloops Art Gallery and Bumble and Bean Daycare have offered free services to the families of students affected by the fire.

— This story was updated at 10:27 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, to add more information.

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