A fire Sunday at the old Parrish High School caused heavy damage and will force voting in Tuesday’s sheriff’s runoff to be held elsewhere according to the town’s mayor Heather Hall.
The fire caused extensive damage inside the kitchen area of the building. The old school, which served as the town’s community center, had been undergoing renovations since November said Hall. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office was in Parrish on Monday to investigate what caused the fire.
All events at the building were postponed indefinitely. The city only carried liability insurance on it according to Hall. She said it will take a community effort to repair the building which was donated to them by Walker County.
“We’re just going to have to see what the people of Parrish can do about coming together and making this happen. And I think we can do it. People love Parrish and people love that school. So I think it’s time to see what the people of Parrish can do.”
The fire also presented a more immediate problem. The building served as the polling location for the Walker County Sheriff’s runoff on Tuesday. The voting machines were not damaged in the fire and transported to the Parrish town hall where the voting would be held instead. The emergency move was approved by the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office said Hall.