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Crews working 24-7 to help restore Preble HS after fire

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Fire crews responded early Friday to a blaze at Green Bay Preble High School.

According to Facilities Director Mike Stangel, an intrusion alarm sounded just before 1:40 a.m. The alarm company responded to the school and discovered the fire. They then notified the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived they saw black smoke coming from the gym. Officials confirmed at one point the bleachers were on fire and that the damage is extensive.

“It could have been activated by the smoke,” said Stangel. “The sensors it looks like went off after the fire started.”

Fire crews say the damage inside Preble is extensive, with the gymnasium, hit the hardest.

The school’s principal, Natasha Rowell, says they feel classes should begin on schedule the day after Labor Day.

To make that happen, the clean up has already started. Rowell says restoration work will be happening around the clock.

“The fire department has not completely released the building to us so nobody is accessing that area, but we are able to continue through the building to see how things are,” said Rowell.

Fire officials say the investigation is still in its early stages. They say it could be a while before they know a possible cause. However, school officials say it appears the fire started near the gym’s bleachers.

Click here to read the email sent to Preble High School families and staff.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).

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