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Fire at Cleveland Hill Closes Elementary School

By Mark Scott

Cheektowaga, NY – Cleveland Hill Elementary School remains closed following a fire Monday that was apparently sparked by a welder's torch.

Classes for grades kindergarten through five are canceled through tomorrow. But students in the middle and high schools should report.

The fire broke out shortly before noon where construction workers are working on building an addition to the school. Schools Superintendent Bruce Inglis said the evacuation process was orderly.

"There was some smoke in a second floor hallway, which is what set the smoke detectors off," Inglis said. "At that point, everyone began the evacuation of the facility."

Students were taken to one of two evacuation sites. From there, they were dismissed for the day.

There were no serious injuries, though four students and two district employees did complain of breathing difficulties. A firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.