Kenner explores future of fire-damaged historic school

Kenner explores future of fire-damaged historic school

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - One day after a devastating fire, Kenner leaders met to discuss the future of the badly damaged old Kenner High School building.

Mayor Ben Zahn and representatives of various city departments met with structural engineers and historic restoration experts to explore emergency stabilization of the building.

The city was recently awarded a federal grant to begin renovations to bring the building back into public use.

Now, Zahn says the city must determine whether those grants which were originally intended to stabilize the roof can be re-purposed.

"We hope to continue rebuilding and putting this beautiful and significant building back into service of the public," said Mayor Zahn in a news release from the city.

The city will do additional testing on the brick and mortar of the building to find out whether they were compromised by the fire's intense heat.

Despite the extensive damage, parts of the historic structure are still intact.

The building was home to Kenner's first school when it opened in 1924 and continued to be used as a school until 1996.

It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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