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Fire crews respond to fire at Oconto High School

Crews responded to a fire at Oconto High School on Wednesday, according to the Oconto Sheriff's Department.

OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV) - Students at Oconto High School were evacuated Wednesday morning after a fire broke out inside the building.

“It was really cloudy," said Nicholas Neumann, a Oconto High School Sophomore.

He told Local 5 News he walked out of class to find the hallways engulfed in black smoke. 

“It was pretty weird.  I’ve never seen anyone put a school on fire or anything like that," he said.

The fire broke out around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in a boy’s bathroom located on the buildings north side, according to the Oconto Fire and Rescue Chief.

Fire Chief Jack Mlnarik said the fire was contained to the boy's bathroom and that it took crews only a few minutes to extinguish the flames.

Dr. Sara Croney, the Oconto School District Superintendent said, “Everything is melted and the damage went through the roof, through the ceilings, and extended down through other areas of the building and the smoke damage is extensive.”

Dr. Croney told Local 5 everyone made it out safely, but the school fears the fire was started by a student.

Fire crews are not ruling out arson.

“Once we get to look at security cameras and some other things we’re aware of, we’ll make a decision based on all the things that are available to us," said Fire Chief Mlnarik.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Classes will be cancelled until further notice.

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