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New Jersey School Fire Blamed On Squirrel

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A squirrel is seen at the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Sep 29, 2010 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Squirrel – File / Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (AP) - Officials say a squirrel started a fire that forced the evacuation of a southern New Jersey high school.

Bayview Volunteer Fire Company assistant chief Chuck Mackintosh says the squirrel shorted out a transformer at Absegami High School on Tuesday.

Mackintosh tells The Press of Atlantic City one of three air conditioners then shorted out. Mackintosh says the remaining air conditioners overheated and caught fire.

Students spent the rest of the school day on the football field or in the stands.

No one was injured.

Absegami High School is closed Wednesday because of the power problem.

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