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Fire Forces Evacuation at Two Hoboken Schools

A late-morning fire forced the evacuation of about 200 children from a Hoboken charter school.

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The fire also injured seven firefighters who were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The blaze began at a little after 10 a.m. at the Hoboken Charter School at 713 Washington Street.

City spokesman Juan Melli says the fire started on the second floor of the school. The students, ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade, were safely evacuated.

Some students told the Jersey Journal that they initially thought it was a fire drill but soon smelled smoke.

The fire was brought under control by 1 p.m. Its cause is under investigation.

Students from the nearby All Saints Episcopal Day School also were evacuated.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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