Fire tears through former Lawndale Elementary School building in Kenmore

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Akron firefighters work to put out a fire that happened early Monday morning at the former Lawndale Elementary School in Kenmore.
Akron firefighters work to put out a fire that happened early Monday morning at the former Lawndale Elementary School in Kenmore.

The bell sounded at the former Lawndale Elementary School and it was a triple alarm.

It may have been the death knell for the historic building.

Akron firefighters were called to the Kenmore neighborhood building for a multiple-alarm fire in the building about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Flames were seen coming from the three-story red-brick structure when firefighters arrived, and it took until a little after 11 a.m. to bring the fire under control.

There were no reports of injuries, but the icy weather made the battle a challenge for fire crews.

The former Lawndale Elementary school in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood. [Mike Cardew/Beacon Journal file photo]
The former Lawndale Elementary school in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood. [Mike Cardew/Beacon Journal file photo]

Akron Firefighters Association Local 330 posted on social media that multiple departments were on scene and firefighters encountered icy conditions because of the cold weather.

The school opened in 1912 at 2330 25th St. SW when Kenmore was a separate village from Akron. It celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012.

Lawndale had 12 classrooms, a two-room office, a gymnasium that doubled as a cafeteria and other offices.

In December 2015, the Akron school board decided to close the building because of declining attendance. The school used to have more than 350 students, but that had fallen to about 160 pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Former Lawndale students transferred in the fall of 2016 to Sam Salem Community Learning Center at 1222 W. Waterloo Road.

In 2019, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education approved the sale of Lawndale Elementary for $44,000 to a private buyer who purchased three other closed school properties.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Fire engulfs former Lawndale Elementary School building in Kenmore

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