Fire destroys the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences leaving 300 students wondering what will happen next.
The fire left several firefighters injured and also left health concerns for neighbors. The Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences has been known for years as Barnard Elementary. The building near 17th and Lewis sat empty last year, before the charter high school moved in this summer.
Wednesday was supposed to be a normal school day for freshman Rebecca Robinett. Instead, her mother woke her up with horrible news.
"She said that your school is burning down and I ran into the living room, and saw it on TV and started bawling,” says Robinett.
The fire tore through the 87-year-old building had just opened to students at the charter school after sitting empty last school year. Just two weeks into the new school year, it’s a setback for students.
"It's really hard because I feel safe in this environment and this school is just amazing and the teachers are always there for you. It's just really hard,” says Robinett.
Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences is the city’s first public charter school for grades 9 through 12.
"A lot of us over the summer put our heart and soul into the school. We painted a lot and we did what we could to make it a true TSAS school,” says senior Tony Jones.
It’s the only high school Jones has ever known, but now he’s facing his third building in four years.
"This is a school that we all came to and wanted to put our mark on it, especially as seniors and kind of leave something behind,” says Jones.
Starting Thursday, their new home will be the former Sequoyah Elementary building at 3441 E. Archer Street. TPS has spent today cleaning and getting it ready, but it’s still unclear how quickly the school will be able to get back to normal.
"It's going to be fine and I know I will still be in the same environment as my friends and my teachers, but I will still be nervous,” says Robinett.
The school does have insurance and they are working to see how much will be covered and whether that extends to items the students lost in the fire as well.
For now, they are relying on donations for school supplies and books. You can log onto www.tsas.org
for more information.