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Forum News Service, Published March 03 2014

Fire damages Catholic school in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. - A fire at Trinity High School in Dickinson led to extensive damage to the building and the cancellation of classes for at least the rest of the week, Dickinson Catholic Schools leaders said.

Dickinson Fire Department chief Robert Sivak said a call came in at 1:15 a.m. Monday. Sivak said the department got the fire under control shortly after 3 a.m.

Sivak said there were no injuries.

Dickinson Catholic Schools Vice President Rev. Patrick Schumacher said the fire caused serious damage.

“We know that there is extensive damage to the main floor, as well as the structural integrity of the upper floors being compromised,” Schumacher said. “We also know that there is extensive smoke damage throughout the entire school. We are just thankful there were no injuries. Our first priority now is to resume instruction.”

Schumacher said school officials are actively seeking out alternative plans — and possible alternative locations — that would enable classes to resume after this week.

School officials said the high school — which houses grades seven through 12 on its grounds — has about 250 students enrolled.