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Small basement fire at St. Ignatius High School: Classes switched to remote learning Thursday

School officials said classes will be conducted remotely using the B-Day off-campus schedule.
Credit: Tim Coffey, 3News

CLEVELAND — Students at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland are learning remotely Thursday after on-campus classes were canceled due to a small fire in the building’s basement. School officials tweeted the fire was contained in the basement in the main building.

“Classes will be conducted remotely using the B-Day off-campus schedule meeting in periods 6-9 and will begin at 8:30 a.m.,” according to a tweet from the school.

The school’s offices are also closed for the day to allow time for ventilation and clearing smoke “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Lt. Mike Norman of the Cleveland Fire Department says there was an electrical short that caught cardboard and papers on fire. Nobody was hurt and fire officials say the flames were "quickly extinguished."

The fire department highlighted the quick thinking of a maintenance staff worker.

"Nice job by @SIHSCleveland Maintenance Staff who discovered the fire, CLOSED THE CLOSET DOOR, and pulled the fire alarm," the department tweeted. "A closed door makes a big difference in keeping a fire from spreading. #CLEFIRE encourages closing bedroom doors at night."

Here's the series of tweets about the fire as posted by St. Ignatius High School early Thursday morning:

No additional details were immediately available, but we will update this story if any extra information is released.