A freestanding metal building containing the wrestling practice room and a weight room for Eastern High School in Meigs County was a total loss, according to media reports.
Fire departments from throughout southeast Ohio were first called to the scene at about 11 p.m. Tuesday to put out an initial fire. Firefighters left the scene three hours later, believing that they had completely extinguished the fire, WSAZ-TV , the NBC affiliate in Huntington-Charleston, W. Va. reported. However, at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, fire crews returned to the scene when the fire apparently rekindled. Flames were seen coming through the building's roof, ultimately destroying the structure.
Eastern High School Principal Shawn Bush, who was on the scene Wednesday morning, said the building had been utilized by the Eastern High School wrestling team under the direction of Coach Josh Mummey, who is also the school's athletics director.
Bush told the Pomeroy (Ohio) Daily Sentinel that Mummey had put a lot of effort into bringing the program to Eastern and setting up the building for the team. In addition to a wrestling room and weight room, the building also had a storage facility.
Cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported.
Eastern High School is a four-year public school located in Reedsville, Ohio, a community on the Ohio River, roughly between Athens, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia, and about two hours south of Columbus.