North Brookfield, Mass. (WWLP) - A dorm building housing 25 students at Valley View Boarding School in North Brookfield has been destroyed by a fire Friday night.
North Brookfield Fire Chief Brad Gannon told 22News all 25 students and 6 staff members escaped safely.
At least 35-percent of the building was damaged. The building was a barn that was turned into dorms. Chief Gannon said the building is about 150 years old.
The fire started at 6:52 p.m. and spread quickly. At one point flames were coming out through the roof.
Everything that burned was completely renovated over the past few years including the dining room and kitchen.
Rick Bulger, Associate Director, said, "We were just about to do a drama project when the alarm went off, so the staff did a great job getting everyone out."
Bulger said students will sleep in different dorm buildings Friday night.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation but he is okay.
The Red Cross is helping with sheltering the students. Red Cross Regional Director of Communications Dawn Leaks told 22News, volunteers are at the school helping students who are being held in the school's gymnasium.