Hoping to salvage items, parents sift through school rubble

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RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — A group of parents returned Tuesday to what’s left of the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Richmond in an attempt save items not destroyed by a weekend fire over the weekend.

Investigators believe a lightning strike may have started the fire at the private school. The damage was so bad, the building was torn down.

Tuesday was the first time parents were allowed on the property. 

They sorted through piles of rubble to pull out items that could be saved, including musical instruments, costumes, clocks, and more.

“I had been nervous all morning and I didn’t sleep well last night knowing that I was gonna walk on to this site,” said parent Jill Dockray. “It’s a very emotional day, but I think finding these little pieces of the past are giving us a lot of hope for the future.”

School administrators have said they plan to rebuild the school. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the recovery effort. As of Tuesday evening, it had raised more than $20,500.

School officials said classes will resume as planned, just at a different location that’s yet to be announced.

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