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Nearby house fire forces school evacuation in Bird Island

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BIRD ISLAND -- Students were evacuated and school closed early Wednesday at the BOLD Elementary School and St. Mary's School after a neighboring house fire filled the buildings with smoke.

About 350 BOLD youngsters in K-6 were bused to United Methodist Church, three blocks away, where they spent part of the morning with their teachers. Students from St. Mary's were taken to St. Mary's Church.

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