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Katie Ryan-Anderson, Forum Communications Co., Published February 13 2011

Cause of LaMoure Public School fire not yet known

LAMOURE, N.D. – The cause of a fire at the LaMoure Public School was still under investigation Saturday, 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, who added that 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.” He 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,” Carlson 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 today 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 writer for the Jamestown Sun