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Fire, explosion rocks elementary school in Superior

It happened late Sunday night in Duluth's neighboring city.

Cooper Elementary School in Superior, Wisconsin caught fire and suffered extensive additional damage from an explosion late Sunday night. 

Superior Fire Department says they received a call around 10 p.m., reporting a fire at the school, which is under construction and yet to open. 

"Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the newly constructed part of Cooper School. Crews were starting to make an attack on the fire when an explosion occurred on the main floor. Crews were pulled back and accounted for, and no one was injured in the explosion. Crews then found the gas main to the building and shut it off, and then were able to get water on the fire."

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Superior Fire and Police Department’s.


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According to the Duluth News Tribune, the new elementary building was slated to replace the current school in the fall. It's unclear if that timeline will now change. 

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