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Community stunned over fire which destroys historic 1930's-era high school gym in Ventura County

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A Sunday morning blaze gutted Santa Paula High School's historic 1930's era gym.

Monday and Tuesday classes cancelled at Santa Paula High School as a result of the blaze.

There’s shock in a Ventura County community, after a weekend fire gutted a historic high school gym used by generations of people.

The blaze was discovered just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning in Santa Paula High School’s Bryden Gymnasium. Flames were tearing through the 1930’s era building by the time the first firefighters reached the scene.

Because of the intensity of the blaze, there was concern that the blaze might reach some nearby homes. But, Ventura County firefighters aided by other nearby agencies were able to keep the fire from spreading. The gym was a total loss. There’s no word on the fire’s cause.

As a result of the blaze, all classes at Santa Paula High School were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.