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Roof of Queens Elementary School Goes Up in Flames

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    Roof of Queens School Goes Up in Flames

    Chopper 4 was over the scene of a roof fire at a school in Jamaica, Queens. (Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018)

    The roof of a school in Queens went up in flames early Thursday, fire officials say and video from the scene shows. 

    The two-alarm blaze broke out at shortly before 6 a.m. on the roof of P.S. 160 on Inwood Street in Jamaica, the FDNY said on Twitter. 

    A city Department of Education spokeswoman said the fire broke out before any students or staff members were in the building. 

    "All students and staff are safe, and out of an abundance of caution they are entering the building through a different entrance this morning," she said, noting that the building was "cleared for entry in time for the school day." 

    Chopper 4 was first over the scene and shows heavy smoke and flames spewing out of the roof of the school.

    It's not yet clear what may have sparked the blaze. 

    Earlier Thursday, a raging fire broke out and destroyed several businesses at a strip mall in Sunnyside. At least six firefighters were hurt in that blaze. 

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