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Fire destroys Head Start Center

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State and local fire investigators are continuing their efforts to determine what caused a blaze that destroyed the Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center this morning.

The building, located at 1400 Oakdale St., housed a mostly federally-funded pre-school program for children ages 3 through 5 from low-income families. About 215 students were enrolled in the program, Executive Director Clotill Smith said.

“Right now, we’re just trying to pull ourselves together,” Smith said.

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