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Back to school! Classes resume after huge fire cancels class for a week at a Ventura County High School

Ventura County Fire Department
A massive fire which destroyed Santa Paula High School's gym forced the cancellation of a week of classes.

Cause of fire which destroyed Santa Paula High School gym still under investigation.

It’s back to school Monday for students at a high school in Ventura County, after a massive fire forced the cancellation of classes for a week.

The November 27, fire destroyed the historic Bryden Gym at Santa Paula High School, and damaged some other buildings. School officials decided with all the cleanup activity underway on campus, it was unsafe to reopen it to students last week.

The remains of the 1930‘s era gym will have to be removed, which crews are hoping to complete by the end of winter break. Fifth Street will be closed next to the campus, so it won’t be available for student drop-offs or pickups. Sports teams will be back in action this week, with alternative sites used for practices and home games.

No one was injured by the early morning blaze, which took hours to knock down. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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.