Fire guts old elementary school

Tuesday, September 26th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Fire on Monday gutted a vacant school slated for demolition to make way for expansion of the Gilcrease Expressway extension, authorities said.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the two-story Riley Elementary School when firefighters arrived about 4:30 p.m.

No one was hurt.

It took firefighters 11/2 hours to control the blaze. Riley was closed in June 1988, when it was 70 years old, and the building appeared to have been used for storage recently.

Riley is among properties that are scheduled to be acquired by the state for the extension of the Gilcrease Expressway, said Bill Cyganovich, the city of Tulsa's lead transportation engineer.

The extension would connect west Tulsa to Interstate 44 and the Keystone Expressway.