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Vandalism shuts down Pojoaque High School for two days

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By The Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vandals set fires and torched furniture inside Pojoaque High School.

The fires set off the school's sprinkler system and that flooded a building for more than six hours.

Damage forced a two-day shutdown of the school, which isn't scheduled to resume classes until Friday.

A smoke alarm went off. However, authorities say it didn't alert fire dispatchers, allowing the sprinklers to run all night, dumping thousands of gallons of water.

Santa Fe County Assistant Fire Chief Kimmet Holland said the Pojoaque Fire Department wasn't notified of the fire until after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Water damaged administrative offices, a teachers' lounge and a gymnasium floor.

None of the school's classrooms, labs or other student-activity rooms were damaged.