Fire shuts down O.C. elementary school

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. The fire killed a reptile that was being housed in a lighted terrarium. The lights appear to have caught some flammable material on fire, causing $500 in damage, mostly to the classroom.

The fire broke out before the beginning of classes Thursday. An employee smelled smoke and called the /*Orange County Fire Department*/ at 6:48 a.m.

Twenty firefighters responded to the scene and had the fire out by 7 a.m.

Julie Hatchel, spokesperson for the /*Capistrano Unified School District*/, said school officials decided to close the school for the day due to concern toxins may have been released by the fire.

School officials are still deciding whether to re-open the campus on Friday.


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