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Cambridge School Catches Fire, Students Evacuated

The fire was discovered as students were arriving for the day.

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A small fire broke out inside the Cambridgeport School, forcing students to evacuate in frigid cold temperatures Tuesday.

The fire, which was in a utility closet, was quickly put out, but there is heavy damage to the room. School will remain closed for the rest of the day. Buses were called in to bring the students to shelter from the cold.

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“All the teachers definitely stepped up to take care of everything…Luckily, if you can say that, it happened around drop-off so there were also a lot of families here still. We were able to turn kids around and send them back home," Killian Mooney, a music teacher at the school, said.

The Cambridge Police and Fire Departments were on scene. Officials were asking people to avoid the area of Elm Street by Hampshire and Broadway to allow bus access for student sheltering.

“Once we knocked down the fire, we were able to get the students back in the school for a little bit to get warmed up. Since then, we’ve moved them to another school and some of them have been taken home by their parents," Deputy Chief Sean White of the Cambridge Fire Department explained.

It is not yet clear if the building will be able to reopen Wednesday.

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