"Damage is fairly minor," said Superintendent
Most of the damage was caused by smoke and water in the east academic wing of the one-story building, which houses the district's 4-12 graders.
As a precaution to prevent students and staff from experiencing physical problems from the lingering smoke, all the classes were cancelled Friday in the district.
"It made a lot of sense to keep kids out of the building," Schmidt said.
When crews arrived flames were visible in the science lab but were quickly extinguished, Johnshoy said.
"The fire sprinkler system suppressed it and we went in and mopped up," Johnshoy said. "Without the sprinklers there would've been a lot more damage."
Schmidt said it appears the fire was contained to a work station cabinet in the science room and the ceiling tiles above it.
Johnshoy said the water damage was contained to a couple classrooms.
"The biggest problem is the smoke," Johnshoy said. "Once you open up a building like that, it went through the hallways."
Johnshoy said the cause of the fire was "undetermined" at this time and that a Fire Marshall was on the scene until about midnight investigating the blaze.
Schmidt said possible causes of the fire are suspected but he didn't not want to comment until the Fire Marshall's report was completed.
Schmidt praised the firefighters and law enforcement for their quick response and for getting the smoke out of the building.
The district's insurance agent was expected to be on the scene Friday. Schmidt said he didn't think the financial cost for the cleanup and repairs would be significant. "But certainly it's a little disconcerting it happened."
He said it's expected that classes will resume Monday.
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