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NEW INFORMATION: Motor failure causes fire in Chi-Hi art room

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says an electric motor that drives a fan in a supplemental heating unit failed, causing the fire.

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The Chippewa Falls Fire Department was called to the school and blocked off roads while the minor fire was being put out.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- We now know what caused a small fire at Chippewa Falls High School early Tuesday.

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says an electric motor that drives a fan in a supplemental heating unit failed, causing the fire. Maintenance workers at the high school put it out with a fire extinguisher. The fire happened in an art room around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The superintendent says early bird students were evacuated to McDonell High School because of the freezing cold temperatures. Meanwhile, students were held on buses until the fire was contained.

The fire department says the school responded appropriately, and that it would be a surprise if the fire cause more than $100 in damage. Firefighters say the damage was confined to the motor itself. They used a fan to push smoke from the fire out a window.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - A small fire started Tuesday morning at Chippewa Falls H.S. in an art room.

Superintendent, Dr. Brad Saron says the room became very smokey just before 8 A.M. after it started in the unit vent of the classroom.

He says that early bird students were evacuated to McDonell High School because of the freezing cold temperatures. Meanwhile, students were held on buses until the fire was contained.

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department was called to the school and blocked off roads while it was being put out.

He says the fire was very small and that they're looking into why it started.

No one was hurt and school began on-time at 8:30 a.m.


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