A trash burn that got out of control Wednesday started a brush fire in Mansfield that burned down a historic school building.
Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Darren Webb said a woman was burning trash in a barrel near 2960 Mansfield Road when she lost control of the blaze.
Webb said nine firefighters with the Mansfield VFD went to the scene at about 2:30 p.m., along with two fire trucks.
He said Henry County Forestry assisted, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department came out to control highway traffic.
The fire burned about three acres of land, and burned the old Mansfield Academy School building to the ground.
“I want to say that was built around 1934 or 1935,” Webb said of the historic significance of the old school.
He said it took a few hours to initially get the fire under control, and they had to visit every hour or so for the rest of the day to make sure it was still secure.
Webb said the state’s Agricultural Crime Unit visited the scene to speak to the woman about proper trash burning procedure.