‘Stay away’: Old Lillington school destroyed by fire at risk of collapsing
Fire damage to an old Lillington school may be more serious than originally thought, according to Harnett County officials.
Although the official cause of the fire is yet to be determined, firefighters said they suspect it was a lighting strike that sparked a fire at Old Boone Trail High School in Lillington on Saturday night. Apart from the school’s media center and gymnasium space, which currently houses the Boone Trail Community Center and Library, the two-story structure at 8500 Old U.S. 421 is usually empty and has not been used as a school for several years, according to Rep. David Lewis.
In a statement on Sunday, county officials said fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading into the community center space but called the rest of the building a “total loss.” County officials urged the public to “stay away” from the structure, which is at risk of collapsing and poses a significant safety risk.
The Boone Trail Community Center and Library has suspended its operations until officials can fully assess the situation.
Boone Trail High School was built in 1928 and was vacated in 2010 when the new Boone Trail Elementary School opened on Adcock Road. The unused space was transformed into the community center and library in 2017.