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An early morning fire Thursday damaged the gymnasium/cafeteria wing of Rainbow Elementary School in Ansbach, Germany. No one was injured.

The attic above the gymnasium/cafeteria caught fire at about 5:40 a.m., according to a statement released by the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach public affairs office.

The school’s fire alarm alerted the Barton Barracks fire department, which, with the aid of four German fire departments, was able to contain the blaze to the gymnasium/cafeteria wing and extinguish it by 10 a.m., the statement said.

No one was in the school at the time of the fire, and school was canceled for the day for the school’s 260 students.

Friday was a scheduled no-school day.

“School and garrison officials are working a plan to get students back into classrooms by Monday, but must first determine if other parts of the school are usable. This determination will be made and announced on Friday once fire, safety, and directorate of public works experts do an estimate of the damage,” according to a statement.

The incident is under investigation by U.S. and German authorities, and arson is not suspected, the statement said.

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