VASSALBORO (AP) — A Vassalboro school is closing for a day after a tractor fire inside a utility garage at the school sent black smoke billowing throughout much of the building.

The district superintendent said the Vassalboro Community School is closed today for cleanup efforts, but classes are expected to resume Tuesday.

Fire Chief Eric Rowe said his department responded to the school at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

He tells the Kennebec Journal an all-season, fourwheel drive tractor was being used outside and started leaking hydraulic fluid. It was moved inside while the operator continued shoveling snow outside. The worker closed the door and later heard fire alarms.

Rowe says soot is coating many areas of the school.

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