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UPDATE: One remains hospitalized after fire at Soule Road Middle

— Johns noted that Shietz also met with the staff, several members of which were also very shaken.

“Last report, classes were going very well,” Johns said.

The superintendent said that school did not dismiss early because it would have taken an hour for a special transport to have been arranged. By that time, it would have been time for regular dismissal anyway. He also wasn’t aware of any reports that kids were not permitted to contact their parents after the incident.

Johns said the school called the New York State Education Department in Albany because of the fire, and seventh- and eighth-graders at Soule Road Middle would not be taking their state tests on Friday. Instead they will take them during the makeup week.

THURSDAY: A fire broke out in a science lab at Soule Road Middle School Thursday afternoon, injuring three eighth-grade students and a teacher.

In an e-mailed Key Communicator, Superintendent Richard Johns said the injured were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for treatment. The classroom sustained minor damage.

The Soule Road complex was evacuated, but the fire department has since given the all-clear for students to return to the building. Johns said both schools will dismiss at the regular time.

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