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Albany school fire not suspicious, officials say

First responders were stunned when they heard calls about another structure fire at the school.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 12:03 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- A fire that started at South Albany High School Tuesday evening is not suspicious in nature, school officials announced Thursday.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was in an addition to the gym building that's currently under construction. 

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The final cause will be released in a full report in the coming weeks, but officials said they wanted to ease the minds of the community after an arson fire destroyed the school's cafeteria more than four years ago.

"We believe sharing a piece of the investigative conclusions in a timely manner is important for the healing and peace of mind for our South Albany High children, teachers, and the whole of our Albany community," said spokesman Andrew Tomsky.

MORE: FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION AT SOUTH ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL

The Albany Police Department and the Albany Fire Investigations Group have been looking into the fire.

According to administrators, the largest impact has been relocating gym classes and basketball games until the facilities are useable.

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