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Katie Ryan-Anderson, Forum Communications Co., Published February 12 2011

Crews investigating fire at LaMoure Public School

LAMOURE, N.D. - The cause of a fire at LaMoure Public School is still under investigation today, according to LaMoure Fire Chief Henry Johnson.

Johnson and about 44 firefighters from the LaMoure, Edgeley, Oakes and Marion fire departments responded to the fire around 8:15 p.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported.

A teacher noticed smoke and called 911, said Superintendent Mitch Carlson. Carlson said he didn’t believe anyone besides the teacher was in the building at the time.

The fire began in the school’s family and consumer sciences classroom, or old home economics room, on the high school side, Carlson said. That part of the building was built in the late 1960s.

“Our building is in good shape,” Carlson said. “Just an unfortunate incident.”

Carlson said the building hasn’t had a fire in his 12 years with the school.

Officials were determining damage from smoke on Saturday.

“Fire did not spread to other classrooms,” Calrson said.

Fire crews worked Saturday to rid the building of the smoke smell, Johnson said.

“The smoke spread through the entire high school, some more than other rooms,” Carlson said.

LaMoure Public Schools serves about 280 K-12 students. Carlson said he will decide Sunday whether to cancel Monday’s classes.

The public is asked to stay away from the school as broken glass and ice may be pose a hazard and crews are still working.

LaMoure is about 100 miles southwest of Fargo.

Katie Ryan-Anderson is a reporter for the Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications, Co.