L.I. Elementary School Blaze Caused by Fire

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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L.I. Elementary School Blaze Caused by Fire

John Marcucci

A family of four escaped uninjured from a suburban house fire that left one of their two cats dead.

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Arson investigators have determined that a blaze at a Long Island elementary school was intentionally set.

Police say witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion and saw several people running from the George Washington Elementary School at about 8:35 p.m. Monday.

Six departments and 100 firefighters extinguished the blaze. The fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to portable classrooms next to the main building.

School officials posted a statement on the district website saying they were confident all students scheduled to attend classes next month will be accommodated.

During the fire, School Superintendent John Hogan became ill and was taken to a hospital. He was reported to be resting comfortably.

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