Thursday, December 21, 2000

Coffee pot starts fire at Columbus school

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A fire damaged Northland High School on the first day of winter vacation Wednesday, officials said.

        The fire likely started from a coffee pot in the vending area that was left on after Tuesday night's basketball game, the fire department said.

        No one was injured.

        There were no students or teachers in the building at the time of the fire.

        The blaze, which was extinguished about 6:45 a.m., caused an estimated $250,000 in damage.

        The school district said Northland's 1,255 students will return to school Jan. 4 — a day later than students at other schools.

        Basketball games scheduled for Dec. 22 and Dec. 27 have been moved to Marion-Franklin and Mifflin high schools, respectively.


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