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Classes might be delayed after fire

Associated Press

MARSHALL, Minn. -- Firefighters worked with construction crews to douse hot spots in the burned-down food service building at Southwest State University on Thursday, while school officials said it appears doubtful they can restart classes as scheduled Jan. 16.

Investigators determined the fire, which began about noon Wednesday, was an accident that occurred during maintenance work.

Nearby buildings suffered smoke damage because of a share ventilation system, and the smell of smoke carried into every building.

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