At 12:19 a.m. the Willoughby Fire Department received an alarm from the Board of Education located at 37047 Ridge Road and were immediately dispatched. Upon arrival, the department found an active fire in the building and the building was engulfed in heavy smoke.
Departments from more than twelve cities attempted to fight the fire for more than 40 minutes before evacuating the structure due to safety concerns. The second floor of the building had become unstable and firefighters were not able to stay inside.
At this time, the responding departments are working from the outside of the building in order to remain defensive.
Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools would like to thank the local fire departments and Mayor Anderson for their assistance during this time.
Contact: Catharine Beal