first_imgFind complete coverage of the Feb. 3 that destroyed Crestline Elementary School, including photos, video and stories at of Crestline Elementary began Friday, signaling a new phase for the school, destroyed February in a three-alarm fire.Clearing the charred site is the next step in what promises to be an arduous process for the Evergreen school district, which wants to clear the site, collect an insurance claim and build a new school in short order.First things first: Thompson Bros. Excavating of Vancouver got started Friday clearing what’s expected to be 1,200 cubic yards — or 800 tons — of debris from the property. Contractors used heavymachinery to move rubble of the burnt-down school — twisted metal, copper wiring and bricks — into piles more than 20 feet high.The rest was sorted into bins to be transported for recycling.Joe Thompson, vice president of Thompson Bros., said the work will allow structural engineers hired by the district’s insurance company to take a closer look at the school’s foundation.“At this point, we’re protecting the floor until the insurance company comes back and does another inspection,” Thompson said.The school’s gymnasium and kitchen are all that remain standing, so they’ll be the focal points of the inspection.That inspection could ultimately play a role in determining how much the district receives from an insurance claim. The district has yet to put a price tag on what it would need to build a new school.last_img

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