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Durham School of the Arts will remain closed Friday, April 12.

A total of 25 people, including nine firefighters, were injured in the explosion on Wednesday that killed Durham coffee shop owner Kong Lee, city officials said Thursday morning. The collapsed structures were still being searched on Thursday morning.
A total of 25 people, including nine firefighters, were injured in the explosion on Wednesday that killed Durham coffee shop owner Kong Lee, city officials said Thursday morning. The collapsed structures were still being searched on Thursday morning. jwall@newsobserver.com

Durham School of the Arts, which closed after the explosion in Durham on Wednesday, will remain closed Friday, April 12.

In a press release, Durham Public Schools said the campus buildings have been inspected thoroughly and deemed safe, but the school will remain closed because of “extensive street closures for the emergency recovery operations in the neighborhood.”

Students were sent home following an explosion at 115 N. Duke St. on Wednesday, a few minutes walk from the campus.

The school plans to reopen Monday for a full-or half day, but a final decision will be made Friday.

There will be no make-up day for April 12.

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Shelbi Polk reports on K-12 education in Durham and Orange Counties for the News & Observer. She attended Texas A&M University and followed the crowds to Raleigh in 2018.
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