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Update: Fire rips through southeast Missouri middle school

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KMOV -- A southeast Missouri town is without a middle school after a massive fire destroyed the building Saturday night.

The fire started 11:30 p.m. at Fredericktown Middle School in Fredericktown, located about 90 miles south of St. Louis.

More than a doezen fire departments were called in to combat the flames.

By Sunday morning, what was once a school burnt down to nothing but a pile of rubble. The Missouri state fire marshall told News 4 the damage is a total loss.

The Madison County Sheriff's Department told News 4's Ray Preston that two juveniles possibly in connection with starting the fire have been taken into custody.

Now the focus turns to when classes for students who attend the middle school will resume. Superintendent Kelly Burlison says the district is in planning mode trying to figure out how to shuffle students. Students were originally scheduled to take MAP tests Monday morning.

The high school and elementary schools in Fredericktown will hold class as usual.


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