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Associated Press, Published January 19 2012

Grand Forks school fire cause still under investigation

GRAND FORKS (AP) — Authorities are still searching for the cause of a fire that prompted the evacuation of 1,150 students from a North Dakota high school.

The fire at Grand Forks Red River broke out Wednesday morning on the roof of a theater addition under construction. Firefighters say they had the blaze under control in half an hour and there was no danger to the main school building. The students were evacuated as a precaution, and classes and after-school activities were canceled.

Superintendent Larry Nybladh says it appears roofing material or insulation ignited, but the state fire marshal hasn't confirmed that.

The addition will house the Red River Performing Arts Center. It was to be done by mid-July, but project supervisor Don Bernhagen says completion of the $9.4 million project might be delayed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.