A structure fire that broke out Friday morning at Happy Hill Farm Academy destroyed a boys' home that was the first residence built at the complex.
No one was injured in the three-alarm blaze. Fortunately, the fire ignited while the boys were in the classroom. Eight students and three adults live at the home.
The Copeland-Spears Home was built about 35 years ago. It was destroyed beyond repair, said Happy Hill founder Ed Shipman. However, the academy plans to rebuild another home on the site.
The school became aware of the fire around 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday.
"The fire alarm did go off," Shipman said.
An adult male at the home grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out fire, which was coming through the ceiling. It spread through the attic and the roof began caving in.
Somervell County firefighters said flames were shooting through the roof when they and their trucks arrived.
An insurance inspector hasn't yet arrived on the scene. Shipman said he expected insurance would cover part of the loss, but not all of it.
"We will have to make up the difference," he said.
The cause of the fire hasn't yet determined, Shipman added.
He used the experience in his Sunday chapel service message, "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People."
Happy Hill Farm, located on a 500-acre campus, is a Christian boarding, day and international K-12 school. The academy focuses on economically disadvantaged students, but recently has placed additional emphasis on the academic side and is offering a college-preparatory program.