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Small fire at Londonderry elementary school investigated

LONDONDERRY - School officials are investigating the cause of a small fire that occurred in one of Matthew Thornton Elementary School's rest rooms Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to the Mammoth Road school shortly before 9 a.m., after staff members discovered a pile of paper products burning in a lavatory near the second-graders' wing.Battalion Chief Jim Roger said the fire was a “very small one” and had for the most part extinguished itself by the time firefighters arrived.

“We ventilated the room to remove any fire odor,” Roger said, adding that the scene was cleared by 9:52 a.m.Brian Johnson, division chief of fire prevention, will be working closely with school administrators to investigate what may have led up to the fire, which is being considered accidental at this time.

Roger credited school staff and students for their prompt response.“Everyone there just interacted excellently with the firefighters,” he said.

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