West Philly Charter School Destroyed By Fire

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There will be no classes all week at a West Philadelphia elementary school after fire gutted the building on Sunday.

The five-alarm fire ripped through the Global Leadership Academy Charter School in the 5100 block of Warren Street in the city’s Parkside section. Crews arrived on the scene just before 6:00 a.m. after a police officer noticed flames coming from the building.

Investigators believe the fire started in a section of the basement that was under construction. The flames quickly spread and caused one section of the four-story building to collapse.

There were no reported injuries.

Officials said the building is a total loss. The Philadelphia School District is offering the site of the former W.S. Peirce School as the charter school’s temporary location.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Reported By Suzanne Monaghan, KYW Newsradio; Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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  1. DEBORAH BRUNSWICK says:

    PRAYING THE DR. BOOKER, THE STAFF, AND CHILDREN WHO ATTEND GLA..HANG IN THERE THE LORD WILL MAKE AWAY SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE YOUTH ..GOD’S BLESSINGS ON YOU ALL

  2. cc says:

    correct me if i am wrong, but a few months ago, was school not canceled due to no heat, then canceled a few days later due to a small fire, sounds like this school is in good hands

  3. Cheryl Logan says:

    Good Evening I am an Elder trying to contact the Ceo of Global Leadership Academy to offer our facilities at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 65th & Lansdowne Ave. We have housed two different schools in the past Lamberton & Cassidy. We have classrooms that can be used as well as a Gymnasium and eating facilities it is very important for us to be supportive at a devstating time like this. She may contact our Pastor J.B Adams at 2676085362 cell or 215 879 9232 church. Thank You Elder Cheryl Logan

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