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2 classrooms, cafeteria unusable after ‘suspicious’ fire at Greensboro elementary school

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Instead of learning inside their classrooms, 36 pre-K students are learning in the media center.

And instead of eating lunch in the cafeteria, 714 students are eating at their desks.

A Wednesday night fire at Jones Elementary caused smoke damage to two pre-K classrooms and the cafeteria. Students aren’t allowed in those areas until repairs are made.

Firefighters and police officers who were first on the scene called the fire “suspicious.” First responders have not gone into detail about why the incident looked suspicious.

Chief Todd Lynch with the Greensboro Fire Marshal's Office says the fire is under investigation. They are looking at all different aspects, including what could’ve been the ignition source of the fire, from following up on questioning witnesses.

Crews responded to Jones Elementary School at 502 South St. at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters said the fire started in a pre-K classroom. No one was hurt and no one was in the classroom, firefighters said.

Fire officials said some custodians were in the building but were not in the area where the fire happened.

Ron Luciano, principal of Jones Elementary, says they have things under control.

“It is safe for our children to be in the building,” Luciano said. "Safety is our first concern.”

Luciano says it’s unclear when the damage will be repaired but they are trying to complete the repairing process as fast as possible.

Parents were alerted about the fire through Connect-ED messages that were sent out at 11 p.m. Wednesday night, and at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

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