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The fire at SUNY Canton, Friday, February 10. Photo: Thomas Quant, Jr.
The fire at SUNY Canton, Friday, February 10. Photo: Thomas Quant, Jr.

Arson ruled out in SUNY Canton fire

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Investigators have determined that a fire that broke out last Friday at SUNY Canton wasn't caused by "an intentional or criminal act."

Students were evacuated, and the campus is shut down this week as local fire and police departments look into what started the fire. In a press release, the Canton Fire Department said Tuesday that the fire had started in a chemistry prep and storage room.

College spokesman Randy Sieminski says they're waiting for test results to make sure it's safe to reopen academic buildings and residence halls. He says the school is still hopeful that classes will resume on Monday. He told Julie Grant everyone's glad arson has been ruled out as a cause.

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Sieminski says they’re waiting for test results – to make sure it’s safe to reopen academic buildings and residence halls that were closed.  He says the school is still hopeful that classes will resume on Monday.

Meanwhile, Twilight Sledding that was scheduled for this Friday at SUNY Canton has been cancelled, because the college is closed, and because there’s not enough snow.

The event had already been pushed back a week from Feb. 10, in hopes more snow would make it possible this Friday.

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