Highland Middle School was evacuated this morning after a teacher noticed smoke in the boys' locker room of the east gym around 8:20 a.m.
The staff got all the students (enrollment is about 820 sixth through eighth graders) safely out of the Granger Township building and over to the nearby high school. Most parents have picked up their children and the few remaining will spend the rest of the day in a study hall and ride the bus home.
Firefighters haven't told the school yet what started the fire, said district communications director Dawn Marzano, but there is smoke and fire damage.
She said classes are definitely canceled for tomorrow and possibly longer, depending on on what firefighters determine this afternoon.
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