School rises from ashes

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By Carol A. Clark

Students asre preparing to enter Quemazon Montessori for the first time since an out of control minivan careened into its front wall and exploded into flames seven months ago.
No one was injured when the school, nestled among the pines at 4600 Esperanza in Quemazon, burned to its frame March 25.
“The building is finished and right now we’re moving in furniture and a lot of landscaping is going on,” owner Tammie Tucker said. “We are so excited to be back and I do want to thank the community for being so supportive.”
Classes have continued since the school went up in flames thanks to the First Baptist Church, which invited Tucker to share space at its building on Diamond Drive. Parents had a place to take their displaced 18-month-old through 5-year-old children while efforts were underway to rebuild the severely damaged building. Infants and toddlers continued attending school in the undamaged portion of the school next door.
“For the floor plan we used existing drawings to expedite the permitting process, but the interior suffered from the explosion and sustained shattered glass and bent metal doors,” Tucker said.

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