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ELK GROVE, Calif. – April 6, 2017 –At approximately 1:45 a.m. this morning, Sacramento Metro Fire and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Departments  responded to a school fire at James Rutter Middle School located on Palmer House Drive in Sacramento. Additional fire assistance from Sacramento Fire and Cosumnes Fire was called in to help knockdown what firefighters called a 2 alarm fire. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished within a couple of hours. The Sheriff’s Department and Sacramento Metro Fire arson investigators are working together on the ongoing investigation. There were early indications of break-in at the school, but it has not been determined whether the fire is connected to the break-in or if it was arson. All media questions related to the cause of the fire should go through Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s Public Information Officer, Tony Turnbull.

Elk Grove Unified School District Safety and Security officers also responded promptly to the call and school officials determined that there is extensive damage to the core area of the school prompting the closure of the school until it is restored to a safe learning environment. Six class rooms received damage, which affected three school building wings.

As a result, James Rutter Middle School will remain closed tomorrow, April 7, 2017 and through Spring break. The school will re-open for instruction on Monday, April 17, 2017. The enrollment at James Rutter is 920 students. Please know that this closure affects only James Rutter Middle School and no other feeder elementary schools or Florin High School.

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Photos Available of the Saved Bunny Rabbit


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 14 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

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