EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Not much remains of the James Monroe Elementary School in Edison, N.J. after a massive fire Saturday night gutted the building.
The fire started just before 8 p.m. on Saturday and engulfed the whole school within minutes. Extra firefighters were quickly called to the scene to help because the fire grew so big.
Classes have been canceled for the 500 students on Monday and Tuesday, school officials announced via the school’s website Sunday afternoon.
On Wednesday, buses will begin taking children to temporary classrooms at Middlesex County College.
There will be a parent meeting and press conference at Edison High School at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, the school announced. There will also be counseling services available to students, staff and members of the community at the Edison Education Center.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported Monday morning, acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said the fire is being investigated as a possible arson.
“I think that this is a crime against education. A Crime against the future of America,” Neil Jesani told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
The six-alarm fire consumed the James Monroe Elementary School, at 7 Sharp Rd. in Edison.