Fire damages Illinois school, forces evacuation


Monticello (AP) -- A small fire forced the evacuation of an eastern Illinois elementary school but didn't injure anyone or cause serious damage.


Monticello schools Superintendent Vic Zimmerman told The News-Gazette in nearby Champaign that about 475 elementary and high school students were temporarily evacuated Thursday afternoon. The fire started in a Washington Elementary School bathroom. The elementary and high schools share a campus.


Monticello Fire Chief Rick Dubson believes the fire wasn't an accident. He said it apparently started in a toilet paper dispenser.


The bathroom was damaged and a room across the hallway had smoke damage. Some duct work was also damaged.


   School officials said some nearby classrooms may also not be available Friday.

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