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No serious damage in Eastway Middle fire

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon in a fire at Eastway Middle School in east Charlotte, authorities say.

The fire was reported about 12:45 p.m. at the school, near Eastway Drive and Central Avenue, and a spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says the blaze was confined to a trash can in a restroom, in the sixth-grade hallway.

Firefighters said there was a considerable amount of smoke in the hallway near the restroom, but the blaze was extinguished quickly. There was no immediate word on any damage to the school.

Because it was in a school, two alarms were sounded.

The CMS spokeswoman said Medic checked a number of students, because of the concern that asthma victims might be bothered by the smoke. Students and staff were permitted back into the school about 1:45 p.m., although the sixth-grade hallway remained closed for cleanup.

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