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Fire destroys Hoven High School

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A massive fire at Hoven High School broke out just before 1 AM and crews have been battling flames at the scene ever since.

Firefighters don't know the cause yet, but we're told the state fire officials were at the scene today.

Twelve area fire departments were also in Hoven through the night to help fight the flames.

A Hoven Firefighter says the gym and the north side of the school are completely gone, part of the roof is caved in and the basement is flooded after the fire caused the main water supply to burst.

But it wasn't just the firefighters working, the entire town came together to help.

He estimates they used hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, draining the town's water tower along with several other major water supplies from nearby towns.

That's when the community stepped in.

"A lot of farmers from this area the Hoven farmers, Gettysburg, and Lebanon, a lot of those that have those types of farms came through," says Hoven Firefighter Rick Schaefer.

The school is from 7th to 12th grade and has about 75 students.

We're told a lot of them came to help and watch as the flames burned.

Hoven High School Senior Abby Simon was out there all night, she says by 3 AM the cafeteria ceiling was engulfed in flames.

"It's heartbreaking. Going into senior year you think it's going to be easy and graduate as a Hoven Greyhound just like you've always dreamed of just like every other class and now we can't," says Abby Simon.

Abby says people have been bringing food and water for the many firefighters still at the scene, to make sure they stay safe.

She says Hoven is a tight knit community and this is bringing them even closer.

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