Dover school students expected to be back in class on Monday

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DOVER, Okla. - Dover students are expected to have the rest of the week off from school after a massive fire destroyed the high school.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but crews are there now and will be for the rest of the week.

It's a very different story Tuesday evening after, less than 24 hours ago, Dover High School was up in flames.

"We've been able to save the cafeteria, the grade school and the high school gym," said Bobby Gardner, Fire Chief of the Dover Fire Department.

Even the parts that weren't burned suffered thousands of dollars in damage.

Contractors are spending the rest of the week cleaning soot caused by smoke damage.

They hope to have students back in class on Monday.

Blackmon Mooring, a fire-restoration company, said crews are just beginning, using smoke sponges to soak up the smell.

They're expecting more people from Tulsa and even Texas to help clean up the mess.

"It's going to be something in the building," Gardner said. "It started in the back of the building, came out of the back wall then spread to the front."

Aerial views captured by Bob Moore Chopper 4 show what's left of the high school building.

The 80 students who attend Dover will find a temporary home in the gym.

"It means a tremendous amount to our community," said Shannon Grimes, Dover Superintendent. "The people of Dover love their school, very proud of it. It's really the heartbeat and center of our community."

A heartbeat left weak but not completely gone.

Neighboring Hennessy Schools are collecting supplies for teachers and students.

School supplies needed include, pocket folders (with and without brads), markers, colored pencils, notebook paper, dividers, pencils, pens, erasable pens, 3-inch binders, calculators, backpacks, earbuds for computers, Kleenex and Clorox wipes.

Monetary donations are also being accepted.

Collection boxes will be at each Hennessy campus, 4 T's and Dollar General.