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By Crystal Oko

Fire damages high school


HARMONY, MN (KTTC-DT) -- The sounds of end-of-the-year excitement were quieted by the sound of a fire alarm at Fillmore Central High School.

But it was not a drill.

The damage was signficant to cause officials to cancel school tomorrow but say it was contained to a single room, the boiler room.

It was lunchtime on one of the last days of school at the Fillmore-Central High School in Harmony when the fire alarms sounded.

"We all just kind of looked at each other at first. No body knew what was going on," said one student.

But it wasn't just a drill, but a real fire.

"The fire alarm went off and I was like ok this isn't a drill because they cant keep track of us and I was just kind of like, ok whats happening," said Katelyn McIntosh.

The Harmony Fire Department responded to the call.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they battled flames in the boiler room but they kept the fire contained. But officials say there's a lot of smoke damage.

Students were evacuated to the community center nearby and released from there later in the afternoon. But they won't be coming back to school Thursday.

Officials have cancelled classes at Fillmore-Central High School.

No one was injured in the fire and students say it was all those practice fire drills that helped them evacuate safely.

"Take it seriously and do what you're told to do," said McIntosh.

Officials have not released information on what could have caused the fire.

Again, there will be no school for ninth through 12th graders tomorrow.

Teachers are to report to school at 8 a.m. and sports will go on as scheduled.

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