An investigation by the Indianapolis Star and the Associated Press has found that at least one suburban Indiana high school has already been hit hard by the fires.
High school football coach Kevin Schieber told the AP that Lakeview High School in northwest Indiana was among those affected.
“It’s not like we’re in the middle of nowhere,” Schieb said.
“It’s right in the heart of the city.”
Schieber said he was unsure how many people were left in the building.
The AP also found that the University of Indiana had lost at least 10 students, including the basketball coach, in the fires that broke out Wednesday night.
Indiana University spokeswoman Amy Schulte said the school had canceled classes Wednesday.
The school has been preparing for a possible influx of students.
Schieb, whose high school is located in Lakeview, said he is still working to get all the students home safely.
He also said he’s grateful for the efforts of all the residents in the surrounding communities.
He said he has spoken to other coaches, parents and students.
“I’m a family man,” Sceber said.
“We’re not really going to lose our family, but we will be a little bit sad, not to say devastated, but a little less busy with what we can’t do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.