Firefighters battle flames at Wilson Avenue Elementary School in Newark

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Fire tears through elementary school in Newark
A fire burned through part of an elementary school in Newark. There is no word yet on if it will impact the first day of school for students.

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A fire at an elementary school in Newark may jeopardize the start of the school year there next week.

Firefighters battled flames at Wilson Avenue Elementary School in Newark on Monday around 4 a.m.

No one was hurt but firefighters had to bust out windows to extinguish the blaze.

The first day of school for students is September 5th.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation and the extent of the damage is being assessed. The district began working diligently to ensure the building is safe and ready to receive students and staff next week," Director of Board Relations Nancy Deering said.

Staff development days are scheduled later this week. So far, there is no word on the extent of the damage to the building and if start dates have been affected.

The school added, "We are thankful to our security and facilities staff, and grateful of the heroic efforts of the Newark Fire Department."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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