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Fire causes significant damage to St. Pete High; classes canceled

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Students at St. Pete High School got an early start to their weekend thanks to an early morning fire at the school.

"We sent a single engine out for a fire alarm and what we find is a significant fire actually through the roof of the auditorium," said Joel Granata of St. Pete Fire and Rescue.

School was canceled for the day, but Friday night's football game was still on.

And kids used the game as a way to come together after a tough day.

The sang the schools alma mater before and after the game as a way to show school spirit.

"Its very upsetting, I'm glad we came together in spirit for our football game to support our team," said St. Pete High student Lauren Boyer.

That blaze caused damage to the projection room in the schools auditorium.

Power had to be cut so school officials decided to cancel classes for the day.

Some students welcomed the day off.

"I got to catch up with homework," said St. Pete High student Trevor Otis.

While others were upset by the fire.

"Our school's really old so it's kinda sad," said St. Pete High student Ashlyn Porter.

Lauren Boyer is self described "theater kid" at the school and says the room damaged is a nerve center for school productions.

"That's the controls, it's all the lighting and the special effects," said Boyer.

She and other theater kids fear the damage might have lasting effects through the school year.

"I'm a theater kid, he's a theater kid (pointing to Otis) we do drama club every year, I don't even know if we'll be able to do it this year and I'm really upset about that," said Boyer.

But for now students leaned on each other for support, and enjoyed a little football with their long weekend.

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