Fire causes substantial damage to Lincoln County elementary school

<p><p>Fire burned an unoccupied elementary school in the Lincoln County town of Almira west of Spokane on Tuesday, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers.</p></p><p><p>Magers said firefighters were dispatched around 4:10 p.m. as smoke and flames rose from Almira Elementary School.</p></p><p><p>He said the school was closed Tuesday because of a power outage, so no one was inside the school when the fire started.</p></p><p><p>As of 7:30 p.m., Magers said the fire continued to burn. He said 15 fire units were on scene as well as Washington State Patrol troopers and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies.</p></p><p><p>Magers said it appears the school will be a “substantial loss” or possibly worse.</p></p><p><p>He said there’s speculation the fire started in the electrical and heating area of the school, but the cause needs to be investigated.</p></p>