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ORRICK, Mo. -- The Orrick School District says school will be closed for the rest of the week after the building caught on fire Wednesday morning, which lead to the evacuation of everyone inside.

The district said the students were all accounted for and no injuries were reported. The students were relocated to the Orrick Christian Church where they were picked up by parents.

Senior Conner Greer has attended Orrick School since kindergarten and thought it was another drill until he walked outside.

"We opened the door and saw smoke instantly, and we were like holy cow this is the real deal," Greer said.

The smoke could be seen rising form the elementary classrooms. That's when school buses brought every student next door to wait for their parents.

The superintendent of Orrick School District said students will be off of school for the rest of the week.

This is not the first sudden school closure of the year either.

"We've had like 12 or 13 snow days this year, so it's been an eventful senior year," Greer said.

Greer also remembers another eventful year in 2014 when a tornado took off the high school roof.

"I remember the tornado, thank goodness God had his hand over our school and this was not nearly as bad as that was even," Greer said.

Superintendent Scott Archibald said he is proud of the staff and students for how they handled themselves during the incident Wednesday.

Archibald said the smoke started next to the construction where the elementary school section was being renovated.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.

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