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School fire: Spontaneous combustion?

From the pages of the Crescent City American, December 1927.

The Pine Grove schoolhouse, which is situated about one-half mile beyond Wakefield, came near burning to the ground Sunday night between 10:30 and 11 o’clock.

Flames were discovered coming out of the wall by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Muncey, who live close by, and together they succeeded in extinguishing them before they had gained much headway. While the origin of the fire is not known, it is believed that it was from spontaneous combustion.

The estimated damage to the building was in the neighborhood of $75. Harold Jenkins is the teacher at the Pine Grove School and classes were resumed Tuesday.

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