Wednesday afternoon a fire destroyed the old Crabbs Prairie Schoolhouse near the intersection of Highway 75 North and FM 1696. The building had been converted into a residence by owners Max and Jessie Powell. They were not injured during the fire.
The fire collapsed the roof, and firefighters were not able to save the home which was originally built as a schoolhouse in the 1920′s. Huntsville Emergency Management Coordinator John Waldo said the cause of the fire is not clear as of yet, and it remains under investigation.
The Huntsville Fire Department–along with volunteer fire departments from Crabbs Prairie, Pine Prairie, Riverside, New Waverly, and Willis–helped fight the fire. Also responding, were the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Commissioners’ and Constables’ offices, County EMS, Community Emergency Response Team, and DPS.