Severe fire damage will close Sierra Del Oro School for months

May 27, 2014 7:12 PM

An early morning fire Tuesday at Sierra Del Oro Preschool in Oroville has indefinitely shut down the school, which serves students with disabilities.

The damage is estimated to be $300,000-$400,000, and will need a new roof.

The school is expected to take months to reopen.

In the meantime, Del Oro's 40 or so students will resume classes Thursday at nearby Wyandotte Avenue Elementary.

School officials just say they're happy nobody was inside.

We feel bad for our building and people are wanting all their equipment and their materials, but all of our children and all of our staff are safe,” said Oroville City Elementary School’s Superintendent Penny Chennell.

School district officials say the part of the building that suffered extensive damage was built in 1976.

Fire officials do not believe foul play was involved.


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