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Fire Closes Dickinson Trinity School

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A fire at Trinity High School in Dickinson causes extensive damage canceling class and shutting down the building.

The Dickinson Fire Department responded to Trinity High School a little after 1:00a.m. last night when they got a call about the fire alarms going off.

It took 29 firefighters and 4 trucks about 2 hours to put the fire out.

It started in the main office, but right now the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

Extensive damage was done to the interior of the building.

"There's heavy smoke damage throughout the school, extensive fire damage in the office area and structural damage to the ceiling above the office area which is the floor of the library," Dickinson Fire Chief Robert Sivak said.

Classes were canceled and the school was shut down today.

Right now the plan is to have students take classes at the public schools or at the university.

"This is a great community of support in Dickinson Catholic schools as well as Dickinson public schools and Dickinson State University. I think the expression of charity that the other officials are showing us in our need, it's very overwhelming and heartwarming," Monsignor Patrick Schumacher, Chairman of Dickinson Catholic School Board said. "We will determine what caused it. We will re-build and we will be better and stronger, but right now we have a lot of work ahead of us."

At this time, Monsignor Schumacher does not believe they'll be able to open the high school for the rest of the school year.

The Dickinson Fire Department is working with the Police Department to determine the cause of the fire.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

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