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Emergency lights lit up the parking lot outside the Old Holley elementary school Sunday night, as Firefighters were working hard, battling a fire within its walls.

"We Dispatched fire units from there; The Fire department arrived on the scene and discovered heavy fire and smoke in the wings of the old Holley School," says Fire Chief Jody Yarbrough of the Sylvester Fire Department. 

Two rooms in the Holley Elementary School's north wing near the gymnasium, caught fire around 6 PM. There was fear that kids may have been playing inside.

Chief Yarbrough says, "Some thought there were a couple youths that were still inside that were in there prior to the fire, but we did search the building to see if anyone was inside."

Without any electricity running throughout the halls the fire department are questioning the actual cause.

"Its suspicious due to the fact that there were no power to the building but we have some witnesses and we will get some statements from them"

The fire was discovered by the smoke pouring out of the school, that caught the attention of a patrolling police officer.

"It was a police officer that was patrolling that saw smoke coming from the building."

Although the school is abandoned, the gymnasium was used for municipal purposes, but after the fire crews are not sure if that will continue.

"We will be able to get in there tomorrow and really see how much damage there is, but based on the prior condition the fire did cause some damage."

Although the flames were heavy, the joint effort allowed firefighters to put the fire out in less than 30 minutes.

"We got receive mutual aid from worth county fire and rescue as well, and they were a big part of the success of limiting the fire damage to just two rooms."

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