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Poland, NY- There was no school Tuesday for students and staff of Poland Central School after emergency crews responded to an overnight fire and sources confirm that classes for today and tomorrow have been canceled.

According to a letter released from the school district, the fire originated in the storage area of the basement, which is located under the sixth grade classrooms.

After evaluating the situation, school officials said smoke was a primary concern and subsequently led to a decision to close the school. Added to the building in 2003, the basement storage area received heavy smoke and water damage, the letter reads. Moderate smoke damage was reported in the sixth grade wing and workers say that area will require more extensive cleaning.

As far as the rest of the building goes, fire investigators report minor smoke exposure.

To allow adequate time for safe and thorough clean up, the campus will remain closed today (May 15) and tomorrow (May 16). As far as Wednesday is concerned, authorities say there will be no transportation to programs at other schools. For Thursday, officials said in the letter that transportation to programs at other schools will be provided.

Plans for Friday have yet to be revealed. Any scheduled sporting events will continue whenever possible, officials said.

Several volunteer fire departments were called out to the school during the overnight hours Tuesday, including Poland, Newport and several others.

Expressing their sincerest gratitude, Poland Central School thanks all emergency personnel who responded to the fire and those who still remain, evaluating and making it safe for classes to resume.

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