Classes cancelled after fire damages elementary school in central Minnesota

Some students have been displaced by the fire at the Sauk Rapids school.
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Sauk Rapids-Rice School District cancelled classes at Pleasantview Elementary School on Monday after a fire damaged the building on Sunday. 

The fire was reported around 9 p.m. and was contained to portable classrooms on the west side of the building, school officials announced around noon Monday. 

Fortunately, no one was inside the school during the fire and no injuries were reported. 

"Due to a small fire at Pleasantview Elementary classes and all after school programming will be cancelled for students tomorrow, Monday, January 14th," the district said in a post to social media

Although damage was contained to portable classrooms, it impacts four third-grade classes, who are now displaced until the State Fire Marshal deems it safe to return. 

School officials are expected to notify parents of where their children will be schooled while the classrooms are unavailable, and they hope to have those details available through the school's alert system by 4 p.m. Monday. 

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Anyone with questions is asked to call the district office at 320-253-4703. 

Pleasantview is located at 1009 6th Avenue North in Sauk Rapids.

It's the second big news story involving Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools in the past week. Last Thursday, the mayor of Rice was arrested for DUI while sitting in a school bus outside Rice Elementary School. 

Fortunately, no students were on the bus during the incident. 

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