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Fire breaks out on roof of Queens elementary school

JAMAICA, Queens — Crews battled a fire that broke out at an elementary school in Queens early Thursday.

The blaze started just before 6 a.m. on the roof of P.S. 160 Walter Francis Bishop on Inwood Street in Jamaica, fire officials said.

A large amount of construction materials were on the roof, where 30 percent was covered in flames, according to Fire Department Chief James DiDomenico.

Fire officials said no injuries were reported and no one was inside the building at the time of the blaze.

The fire was deemed under control by 7:46 a.m. fire officials said.

The Department of Buildings responded to the fire and said the blaze did not cause any structural damage to the four-story fireproof building.

In a statement, the Department of Education said all students and staff are safe.

“FDNY immediately responded to a fire on the roof of PS 160 in Queens this morning before students and staff were in the building, and the building was cleared for entry in time for the school day. All students and staff are safe, and out of an abundance of caution they are entering the building through a different entrance this morning.“

AIR11 shows heavy smoke and flames coming out of the school’s roof.

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