Five fire departments including Middleport, Pomeroy and Rutland battled a weekend fire at the former River Valley High School building. The building was originally known as Kyger Creek High School. Photo courtesy of Pomeroy Fire Department.

Five Fire Departments Battle Weekend Blaze at Former River Valley High School Building

CHESHIRE, Ohio – The Middleport, Pomeroy and Rutland Fire Departments and two other departments battled a blaze at the old River Valley High School on July 14, 2019.

At 8:04 p.m. the Middleport Fire Department was alerted for a fire investigation at the former high school located on Little Kyger Road. Not long after that alert, 911 advised that the structure was fully involved. Pomeroy Fire Department was then also alerted. Gallipolis and Springfield Township Fire Departments were also alerted.

According to the Middleport Fire Department, Engine 12 made attack while other trucks supplied Engine 12. Ladder 16 and Ladder 2 also set up and attacked from the air.

The former structure which held many memories for alumni known originally as Kyger Creek High School and later as River Valley High School burned on July 14, 2019. Photo by Janette Lea Thompson of My Corner of Ohio Photography.

According to the Pomeroy Fire Department, crews from all departments maintained a water shuttle to supply extinguishment efforts during the blaze. After approximately three hours, the fire was brought under control and crews were released by Gallipolis fire command.

No injuries were reported by personnel on-scene, and the fire remains under investigation. Crews were on scene for about three hours.

The structure was originally built to be Kyger Creek High School and even had a pool in the building. Later, it was known as River Valley High School before Gallia County Schools built a new facility. The building had been vacant.

The smoke was still visible rising from the building at the time of this photo. The former structure which held many memories for alumni known originally as Kyger Creek High School and later as River Valley High School burned on July 14, 2019. Photo by Janette Lea Thompson of My Corner of Ohio Photography.