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Broom 12-23-2009 03:56 PM

Gifford School Fire?
The Gifford School in Weston, located just off Route 20, suffered heavy damage in an early morning blaze. The four-alarm fire started at about 6 a.m. and flames could be seen for miles.
Did anyone die in the fire?

State police have blocked access to Route 20 westbound from Route 128 after rubbernecking drivers pulled over on the exit ramp to get a closer look at the blaze, backing up traffic for miles. Sgt. David Mahan said those drivers have been cleared out.
Is everybody ok?

Kelsey 12-23-2009 03:57 PM

No one was injured, officials said.
The fire broke out about 6 a.m. at the Gifford School on Boston Post Road, in the Fenn Center building, which includes a science center, kitchen, gym, and cafeteria, said Michael J. Bassichis, the school's executive director. No students were at the school and no one was injured.

"The best thing is nobody is hurt," he said. "We will survive. We will rebuild it."

Firefighters were still using a ladder truck to douse the flames shortly after 8:30 a.m., as a plume of light gray smoke continued to rise from the gray, wood-framed building. The right side of the building was totally destroyed.

The blaze destroyed a building that houses classrooms, gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria.

According to its Web site, The Gifford School is a co-educational day school that serves about 100 students ages 8 through 18 with learning and behavioral challenges.

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