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Cause revealed of Owatonna High School fire

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OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Class is back in session as Owatonna High School students wrap up their last week of classes, however Wednesday was probably not the winding down of the school year they expected.

About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, curtains inside the auditorium caught fire due to a stage light left unattended.
 
Owatonna Fire and Police Departments were called to the scene and it took them 45 minutes to extinguish the flames.  No one was inside the auditorium at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.  The entire 1,500 student school was evacuated.
   
Owatonna Public Schools Superintendent Peter Grant said that school operations are running smoothly, but that Wednesday the scene inside those doors was completely different.

"I walked in those front doors, and I couldn't see the doors to the auditorium, it was that thick of smoke," said Grant. "Then I backed out as quick as I could, but the firemen were in there, they had their masks on and they were just trying to contain what was going on."

Grant said class started on time today, but if it wasn't for the quick enacting of the school's sprinkler and alarm system, this could have easily been a much more grave situation.

Officials would not allow us to go inside the school, but the superintendent said the fire, smoke and water damage was limited to the stage and auditorium floors.
   
Some water damage was incurred in the drama storage room below the auditorium.

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