Prospect School in Hempstead Hit By Lightning

Sean Adams/WCBS 880

Crews Race To Repair Long Island School Hit By Lightning

August 09, 2018 - 8:43 am

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The race is on to repair a Long Island school damaged by a lightning strike and fire before the first day of class.

During a wicked storm Tuesday night, a bolt of lightning sparked a fire on the roof of the Prospect School on Peninsula Boulevard in Hempstead.

Except for a blue tarp on the peaked roof and plywood over a couple of windows, the school appears to be intact.

The bulk of the damage is on the inside of the century-old brick building. Soot-stained water swamped the second floor and trickled down to the basement, destroying ceiling tiles and tainting desks and chairs. A potent odor clings to the air, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported. 

Work crews know time is of the essence. In just four weeks, more than 500 kindergarten students are due to report for the beginning of their education.

Hard hats are hard at work filling dumpsters with debris and moving in fresh materials.

The district, meanwhile, is working on a contingency plan just in case the building is not ready for the first day of school on Sept. 4.