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Old Decker High School Catches Fire

DECKER, Ind. (We Are Knox County) - An old southern Knox County high school caught fire leaving a community in shock and memories in ashes.

The fire happened at the old Decker High School around 7:30pm Tuesday.

The building was fully engulfed in flames.

It took firefighters from multiple departments a couple of hours to extinguish the fire.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

Officials have not determined a cause for the fire.

Due to the fire, the town of Decker has been place under a boil order until further notice.

Town Clerk-Treasure Penny Culp says residents should conserve water.

The old school building had been repurposed as a sawmill at the time of the fire

Many residents at the scene told WAKC News Now that it was sad to watch the building go up in flames.

Some people shared memories of their days as a student within the building's halls.

According to the Decker High School Alumni Facebook page, the building was built in 1911.

The building was rebuilt in 1916 following a fire the year prior.

It was a high school for students in the Decker area until 1967 when South Knox Middle-High School opened.

The building then housed students in 1st through 5th grade until 1999 when South Knox Elementary School opened.

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