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'Suspicious Fire' Closes High School In Delaware County

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LANSDOWNE, Pa. -

Police say arsonists may be to blame for a two-alarm fire that ripped through a Delaware County high school.

It happened at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Penn Wood High School's Green Avenue campus in Lansdowne.

Police say someone pried open a back door and set one fire in a reception area. The other fire was reported to be in a classroom.

There's no word when students will be allowed back in the school.

The local fire chief called the damage extensive and expressed doubts on whether students would return to the building this school year.

The fires, which never met, were being called "very suspicious."

Firefighters from 13 departments were called to battle the fire.

Officials say both the Green Avenue and the Cypress Street campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Residents told FOX 29's Steve Keeley that at 3 a.m. they saw one fire engine and it was quiet for about 40 minutes. Then, they heard a bunch of alarms. The residents said they never saw flames, but they did see some smoke.

The high school's front doors and many windows are now open to try to air out the building.

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