Former Harnett County school building ‘total loss’ after fire, officials say

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LILLINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A historic building in Harnett County was declared a total loss after a fire Saturday night, according to a press release from the county.

A fire destroyed much of the former Boone Trail High School at 8500 Old U.S. 421 in Lillington. The building was built in 1928 and vacated in 2010. The media center and gymnasium were reopened in 2017 by the county as the Boone Trail Community Center and Library, the release said.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the media center and gymnasium areas. The cause of the fire is undetermined. The Harnett County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, the release said.

Harnett County “was in the process of engaging Preservation NC to market the vacant portions of the property for redevelopment,” the release said.

Officials are asking the public to stay away from the building. The remaining structure is at risk of collapsing, which is a significant safety risk, the release said.

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