Columbus North High School administrators and its school resource officer extinguished a fire in the North auditorium at about 7:44 a.m. this morning.

Columbus Fire Department investigators have determined that the fire was caused by an overhead light, said Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman.

The fire has been ruled accidental.

All classes except for the music department continued as normal as smoke is ventilated from the auditorium area hallway, Wilson said.

Columbus firefighters look for a cause of an early morning fire in the Columbus North High School auditorium today. Photo provided
Columbus firefighters look for a cause of an early morning fire in the Columbus North High School auditorium today.
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A fire alarm did sound warning school officials about the fire, Wilson said.

No injuries were reported.

In an additional note, the Columbus North High School Winter Choir Concert will now be in the high school cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday because of the auditorium fire.

Those attending will need to enter through the high school’s main entrance on the north side of the building.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.