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Fire damages Oconto High School; classes canceled until next week

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Oconto High School damaged by a fire on April 16, 2014. (Photo from: YouTube).
Oconto High School damaged by a fire on April 16, 2014. (Photo from: YouTube).

OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - A fire damaged the inside of Oconto High School Wednesday morning.

Fire crews say the blaze happened between class periods, around 8:45 a.m., inside a boys' bathroom. The flames were put out within minutes.

Oconto school district officials say the 300 students and 42 staff members evacuated safely and according to protocol. Students were given the choice of going straight home or being bused to the middle school, where they were then released.

According to district officials, the northern part of the building had extensive smoke damage and it was spread through the building's ventilation system. This damage is prompting school leaders to cancel classes on Thursday. School was already not going to be happening Friday, due to the Good Friday holiday.

The arson investigator with Oconto's Fire Department is looking into whether the fire was intentionally set. Video from the school's security cameras are being looked at as part of the investigation.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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