Students at Corry Elementary School were not in danger when a fire broke out across the street from the school Monday morning.

The fire that started in the rear of a house at 419 Wright St., between East Congress and East Bond streets, sent thick black smoke into the air.

When the wind blew the smoke in the direction of the school, the smoke started entering the school’s vents from the ventilation system on the roof of the building.

“We shut down the roof-top ventilation system that circulates fresh air into the building,” said Mike Andrus, the district’s business manager.

Corry Fire Department responded to the fire at 8:20 a.m. They had the fire, which was contained to the rear of the two-story wooden house, knocked down about an hour later. Firefighters remained on scene until about 11 a.m., checking for hot spots and cleaning up.

Andrus commended the firefighters.

“The fire department had things under control quickly,” Andrus said.

Principal Matt Patterson said by recess time, the scene was safe so students were permitted to go outside.

“It was pretty much a normal day here,” Patterson said.

School personnel provided firefighters with drinking water.

“We tried to offer assistance to the family and the firefighters,” Patterson said. “The family has been a good neighbor to the school.”

Once the fire was extinguished, the district’s maintenance crew turned the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system on again, Andrus said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the John and Tina Williams home. No injuries were reported.

The fire started when a 2-year-old child, who was a guest at the Williams home with his mother, was playing with a cigarette lighter and apparently caught a mattress on fire, according to Corry Fire Chief Andrew Sproveri.

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