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Long Time Trinity Employee Reflects After Fire

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The fire at Trinity has affected students, community members and staff.

That includes one person who knows the "inside" of the school as well as anyone.

Courtney Plante reports.

Smoke fills your nose the moment you step through the doors.

 

The gym may not look bad.

"The bleachers you have to wipe down and clean them and it's going to be walls and everything," said Walter Turbiville, head of maintenance.

But once you reach the lobby the damage is substantial.

Walter Turbiville is the head of maintenance at Trinity.

For 10 years he has called this place home.

"I was kind of disappointed to hear it because regardless of all the insurances you never get back to where you were," said Walter Turbiville, head of maintenance.

He got the call at 5am Monday morning telling him not to come in to work.

"First thing I wanted to do was jump up and run in. You knew better than that that it was going to be tough for you. The firemen were here and everybody else. They were doing the best they could," said Walter Turbiville, head of maintenance.

The fire originated in the offices behind me. The damage is extensive throughout the entire school. The Dickinson community is banding together to rebuild.

"They're working hard at it. Lots of people working. It's surprising how quick the got going again. Just boom..like that," said Walter Turbiville, head of maintenance.

Walter says emotionally it hadn't really hit him until yesterday -- and he will miss interacting with all the students and staff everyday the most.

Reporting in Dickinson for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Walter says it will be awhile until clean-up work can begin.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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