School scares: Fire in Robbinsdale, loaded gun missing in Hugo

Someone lost a loaded gun near an elementary school in Hugo.
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A pair of incidents at separate Twin Cities schools was cause for scar the last 24 hours. 

On Tuesday morning, a fire broke out in a bathroom at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, prompting an evacuation of the building. The fire was doused by firefighters, with students and staff forced into the high school's stadium as they awaited an all-clear from fire officials. 

Instead, students were released from school at 1 p.m. 

There are no reports of injuries and all after-school activities were schedule to happen as originally scheduled. 

It's not clear how much damage the fire caused. The school referred to it as a "small fire." 

Loaded gun scare in Hugo

On Monday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing gun near Oneka Elementary School, located at 4888 Heritage Parkway North in Hugo. 

The gun owner told authorities that he put the weapon, believed to have been loaded, on the roof of his car while loading his belongings. He then drove away, forgetting that he'd set gun on the roof until later realizing the mistake when he was near Hwy. 35 and Hwy. 96. 

Deputies and a K9 officer searched the area but never found it. 

"We were unable to locate the firearm and wanted to alert the public in the immediate area in case the firearm should show up," the sheriff's office said in a post to Facebook. "If located please contact the Sheriff's Office."

The vehicle was never on the elementary school's property and all students "should have been in school" when the incident happened around 9:10 a.m., the sheriff's office noted. 

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