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Garrison School Fire Update

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Officials continue to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed one Garrison Elementary classroom Wednesday afternoon.

The alarm sounded at approximately 3:45 P-M.

Within minutes, the Garrison Fire Department was on scene.

Windows for the classroom needed to be broken to relieve the smoke.

Clean up for the hallway outside of the classroom which was also damaged by the smoke is expected to begin today.

The classroom cannot be cleaned until the investigation is over.

Garrison's superintendent says he does not believe the school will be able to use the classroom for the rest of the year.

Around 25 to 30 people were in the building at the time.

(Michelle Fuller, Principal) "It was after school had been out, so we knew it wasn't a drill, obviously. People thought maybe somebody had pulled the alarm. We then started to smell some smoke, we got everybody out. Staff followed procedures perfectly."

(Steve Brannan, Superintendent, Garrison Public Schools) "We canceled school today, partly because we didn't feel we could have the high school and junior high in session in the other building and not have the elementary. Because if those kids aren't home, the older kids are helping with the day care."

A makeup day planned is for April 26th.

School will continue on Tuesday after Easter break.

Plans for where to put the 15 students now out of a classroom include: the school's computer room, the classroom across the hall, or a church across the street.

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