A fire that started during a middle school girls' basketball game at Joliet High School damaged the building and forced the evacuation of about 75 people at the game.

Superintendent Jeff Bermes says he smelled smoke at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says the fact that people were at the school for the game helped minimize the damage because the fire was reported right away.

Joliet Volunteer Fire Chief Melvin Hoferer says the cause of the fire is under investigation. It started on the roof of the school building near where it attaches to the gym. He estimated damages at about $1,000.

Bermes said classes would be held on Wednesday.

Associated Press