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Fire causes $60,000 in damage at Tumwater school

Two staff members were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and released following a small fire at about noon Monday at Black Lake Elementary School, according to a news release from the city of Tumwater.

Crews from the Tumwater Fire Department, East Olympia Fire District 6, Griffin Fire District 13, McLane/Black Lake Fire District and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority arrived at the school at 6345 Black Lake Belmore Road SW.

The school was evacuated, and no students were injured. The fire began when someone turned on the left rear burner of a stove “which ignited combustibles left on the stove,” according to the news release. Flames then progressed to an adjacent microwave oven and cupboards in the area.

The fire was extinguished and confined to the southeast corner of the main building.

Estimated damage was $60,000, according to the news release.

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