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Fieldhouse Burns at Palestine-Wheatley Middle School

WHEATLEY, AR - A lawnmower fire apparently triggered a small explosion this morning, setting a larger fire that destroyed a fieldhouse at Palestine-Wheatley Middle School, the superintendent said.

A maintenance man cutting the school's football field noticed smoke, stopped the lawnmower near the fieldhouse and called a supervisor.  When he returned, the mower's gas tank apparently had exploded and started a fire on the side of the building, Superintendent Donnie Collins said.

A February 27, 2006, fire destroyed the middle school's gymnasium and some classrooms and left other parts of the school with smoke damage.  Investigators said that fire was deliberately set.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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