PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - St. Patrick's School in Phenix City has finally secured the funding to rebuild, more than three years following a fire that destroyed their building.
Students recalled how they thought it was just a drill when they were rushed out of the school in January 2010. Witnesses say the flames took less than 30 minutes to spread through the entire building. The fire began when a power line caused an electrical fire.
City officials, alumni, and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the new chapter in the school's history.
"At times it was very frustrating due to the tragic fire, but like the Phoenix bird, the school has risen from the ashes. We've had this temporary building on the grounds which has served the purpose, but this new building is going to be a far better facility for the education formation of our young people," said Archbishop of Mobile, Thomas Rodi.
The school still needs to raise more money to fund the $2.8 million project, but they are well on their way to reaching the goal and will begin construction soon.