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St. Alphonsus students will return to school Jan. 6

Dec. 30, 2011

St. Alphonsus School students will not return to class until Jan. 6, due to an early morning Christmas fire that caused extensive smoke damage to 17 classrooms. They were to have reported back from winter break Jan. 3, explained Principal Pat Wadzinski.

Teachers will report back to the Catholic school Jan. 5.

The fire caused $200,000 in damage to St. Alphonsus Parish and School, Greendale, and its cause is undetermined. No one was in the church, where the fire started, and no injuries were reported.

Wadzinski said two-thirds of the West Loomis Road school was damaged by smoke, and the classrooms need to be cleaned from top to bottom. Two restoration crews have been working in shifts to do so.

About 400 students attend the school.

Meanwhile, daily Mass will resume Monday in the parish's community room.

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