Whatcom Middle School which is Bellingham’s oldest school,was badly damaged by fire this morning. The school was over 100 years old. It had been going through a major remodeling and seismic retrofit to help it withstand an earthquake. The fire was presumed to be started by the welding activity on the roof of the historic building.
The school district is scrambling to find a place to send close to 600 students Monday, and until a new school can be built as there seems to be far to much damage to rebuild it..
You can see some of the news coverage and more information on the fire below.