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Atlantic Middle School students will not return to building this fall after fire

Classes will still start on Aug. 23, but not at Atlantic Middle School.

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Atlantic Middle School students will still start classes on Aug. 23, but not in the building that caught fire this week.

AMS said in a Facebook post that the school is planning for temporary placement during construction.

July 30 update:

AMS Update- We found out we cannot occupy our building this fall. We are currently in the planning stage for temporary...

Posted by Atlantic Middle School on Friday, July 30, 2021

No one was injured after the roof caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

There was extensive water damage to the building, according to a maintenance worker. The full cost of that damage is not yet known.

"When I got there, it was on the north side of the building and the fire was directly in the middle of the building on the roof," Atlantic Fire Chief Tom Cappel said.

Pictures posted to the school's Facebook page show the smoke billowing from the roof as firefighters responded to the scene. 

"Thank you to all the firemen and emergency responders for their help this afternoon, you are greatly appreciated!" the school posted.

July 27 post:

As many of you are aware, Atlantic Middle School had a fire on the roof today. We evacuated everyone from the building...

Posted by Atlantic Middle School on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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