Students return to class after school fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students are set to return to class after a fire damages one of the buildings at First Baptist School in Charleston. FBS is a private school located on the First Baptist Church campus.

The burned building is a place that brings Marshall Blaylock back to his high school days.

"Never forget. I had tenth grade biology right there in the first floor of that building. It's been a long time," Blaylock said.

First Baptist School has used the 24 Water Street building  since the 1960s.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Charleston firefighters contained the fire to just the one  building on campus.

The school headmaster says students of all grade levels took classes in this building, including arts, sciences, and foreign languages.Students also had access to a computer lab in the building.

"That's a building and we're going to relocate until we can get that building fixed. We're going to be fine. Yes there is emotion involved. It's history, but we're going to be fine," school headmaster

Tommy Mullins said.

School officials had to relocate five classes to other buildings on campus, and they are still trying to determine how much equipment and educational material they lost.

First Baptist Church owns the school campus. For Blaylock, the church and school made such an impact he returned to become the church pastor.

"What really makes a building like this unique is all the people who have gone in and out of there. All the students that have memories of going to class, studying and learning, all the friendships that have been forged there, It's really more personal more than the building itself," Blaylock said.

The school says no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Charleston firefighters are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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