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updated: 2/27/2014 6:24 AM

Extreme temps hamper school firefighting efforts

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Associated Press

RACINE, Wis. -- Firefighters worked in temperatures hovering around zero as they battled a fire at a Racine school.

Authorities say the fire at Mitchell Elementary and Middle School started about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. WTMJ-TV reports police responded to an alarm at the school, discovered smoke and called the fire department.

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The roof has partially collapsed at the school where firefighters were dealing with equipment that was freezing in the frigid weather. School administrators have canceled classes at the damaged school.

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