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UPDATE: “suspicious” dumpster fire closes Byron school building

UPDATE: A “suspicious” dumpster fire forced a Byron school to keep students out of the classroom Tuesday.

Byron firefighters and Olmsted County deputies arrived to the Zumbro Education District South Campus building around 8 p.m. after a passerby on Highway 14 saw flames over the top of buildings along 2nd Avenue SW.

Crews saw 15-foot flames and black smoke coming from a dumpster. The sheriff’s office says the back of the campus building may have been scarred by the flames.

Firefighters forced the back door of the building open to make sure the fire hadn’t spread. No one was injured, and the damage is believed to be minimal.

Officials don’t believe the fire was accidental. The state fire marshal is leading an investigation.

The ZED South Campus serves special needs students from across the region. School leaders gathered at the scene Tuesday night and made the decision to cancel class Wednesday, although some school offices remained open.



BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) – The Zumbro Education District South Campus building is closed Wednesday in Byron. The closure comes after firefighters responded to a fire call near the school Tuesday night.

No one was injured, and the damage is believed to be minimal.

Firefighters tell the NewsCenter the small fire may have damaged some bricks in the back of the building.

A full assessment is still in progress. We don’t have confirmation if this incident is related to Wednesday’s closure.

Look for any new details at noon.

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