Proviso East High School cancels classes Monday, Tuesday after fire
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter May 11, 2014 10:20AM
Proviso East High School | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: June 13, 2014 6:24AM
Classes are canceled Monday and Tuesday at Proviso East High School in Maywood after a Saturday night blaze that is still under investigation, according to the village’s fire chief.
Chief Craig Bronaugh said investigators still have “maybe an individual or two” to interview but declined to describe the fire as suspicious. Everyone who was inside the building at the time of the fire was able to evacuate safely and no one was hurt, the school district reported.
Firefighters arrived at the west suburban school around 9 p.m., according to a statement from Proviso Township High Schools District 209. Ten rooms were damaged and plans are being made to relocate all classroom and office activities in that portion of the building.
In addition to closing the school on Monday and Tuesday, after-school athletics and activities at Proviso East are also canceled both days, according to a district spokesman.
Classes at Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will continue as scheduled, according to the district.
Sam Shahne, 27, was working at Maywood Express about a quarter-mile away from the school Saturday and saw smoke billowing into the night sky.
“There was a lot of heavy smoke but it seems to have died down now,” he said about 10 p.m. “There’s a really bad smell, too. The smoke is coming from the third-floor window.”
Shahne added that nearly a dozen fire trucks and ambulances were on scene.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire