D.C. Junior High Evacuated for Fire

Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM EDT
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D.C. Junior High Evacuated for Fire

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Authorities evacuated a southwest D.C. school while firefighters battled a blaze there Friday afternoon.

Crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from a ground-level classroom of Jefferson Junior High School Friday afternoon, D.C. fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said. Several dozen people, including some art students, made it out of the building safely.

Seventy-five firefighters worked to get the fire under control.

Some classrooms have fire, water and smoke damage, Piringer said. No one was injured.

The fire may have started in the basement of the school. Authorities are investigating what caused it.

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