Cafeteria fire causes Red Wing High School to go to distance learning Thursday

Red Wing High School students will be learning remotely on Thursday, March 24, after a fire broke out in the school’s cafeteria Wednesday night.

According to Red Wing Public Schools, the fire started just after 8 p.m. in the cafeteria ceiling, and Red Wing firefighters were able to put the fire out by 8:45 p.m.

The Red Wing Fire Department said the building sustained “minor fire and smoke damage,” and the school district said firefighters’ quick response “kept damage to a minimum.”

Fire officials told the superintendent they believe the fire originated from a lighting ballast in the lunchroom, but the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported.