Three-year anniversary of Southeastern fire

March 3rd holds a dubious distinction for students and staff at one local school distrIct.

Three years ago, fire destroyed Southeastern High School in Augusta.

Investigators never were able to determine a cause, only that it had started in a chemistry lab.

KHQA's Rajah Maples visited Southeastern last week to see how the school is doing three years after the fact.

This was the scene on on March 3rd, 2006 at Southeastern High School. Crews from at least six fire departments responded to the scene, as flames shot out of the 3-story building's roof. The school's fire alarms sounded just after 11:30 a.m., about the time students were having lunch. Fortunately, all students and faculty got out safely. The district lost every classroom in the fire, with the exception of one.

This is what the school looks like three years later. It now houses 7th through 12th grade as opposed to the "high school only" grades when the fire happened. Principal Todd Fox says students and faculty are doing well and are in the midst of their first school year in the new building, which cost more than $5 million dollars to build.

He says March 3rd is a very special, but strange day. He says it's important to reflect on what's happened in the past but not to dwell on it. That's why he says the school district is now looking toward its future, one day at a time.

Principal Fox says the district has been blessed through this journey, and that the district has the community to thank.

He said things didn't have to turn out the way they did, but he's proud of how everyone pulled together to move forward.