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Fire at Newark City Schools bus garage forces school to close Thursday

An overnight fire knocked out Newark City Schools transportation department's ability to communicate.

Several fire departments worked to put out a fire at Newark City Schools maintenance and transportation facility early Thursday morning.

Neighbors heard the alarms going off in the building and called 911. Fire crews arrived on Daniel Avenue to smoke pouring out of the roof.

Investigators believe the fire started in the back of the building where a lot of maintenance equipment is stored.

Newark City Schools will be closed Thursday due to the fire. The District posted on its Facebook page that the fire impacted the transportation mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:
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The communication system with the buses was damaged in the fire. The district has set up a mobile two-way system and power has been restored to part of the building.

School will be back in session Friday.