Fire damages historic Detroit public school

AP News
Posted: May 10, 2011 9:35 AM
Fire damages historic Detroit public school

A pre-dawn fire has caused heavy damage at a historic public school in Detroit

Emergency financial manager Robert Bobb says Tuesday's blaze at the Paul Robeson Academy on the city's west side is "devastating."

The fire started about 4 a.m. and has heavily damaged the upper floors. Investigators have not released information on the cause of the fire.

Classes at the 660-student school are canceled Tuesday. Bobb says the district will move students to the nearby Thurgood Marshall school.

The academy is named in honor of the famed singer, actor and social activist. It educates students through eighth-grade.

Bobb says a separate smaller building for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students was not damaged but could remain closed all week due to fumes from the fire.