Ceiling caves in during PTA fundraiser in Springfield

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | 8:27 a.m. CDT; updated 10:31 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SPRINGFIELD — Witnesses say it's a miracle nobody was hurt late Tuesday afternoon when a 50-foot portion of ceiling collapsed during a fundraiser at a Springfield elementary school.

The collapse happened around 6:45 p.m. outside the school's all-purpose room, where the PTA was having a barbecue dinner to raise money. There also was a book fair going on in the library.

A spokeswoman for Springfield Public Schools says there were about 100 people in the building when the ceiling caved in.

Classes were being held Wednesday in a Baptist church across the street from the school while workers clean up the debris. Fire officials say water damage might have caused the collapse, but the building will have to be examined before an exact cause is known.

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