Fire prompts evacuation at KFHS

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 28, 2005

King’s Fork High School was evacuated for nearly 40 minutes Wednesday when a fire was set in a restroom.

Just before 11 a.m., firefighters were called to the school, alerted that a fire had been set in a second-floor restroom.

&uot;No one was in danger,&uot; said principal Daniel Ward. &uot;We were evacuated in less than two minutes.&uot;

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Arriving firefighters found that the flames had been snuffed out by the school staff, using fire extinguishers. Fans were used to push smoke from the hallway, and the building was declared safe just before 11:30 a.m., at which point the school day resumed. Seventh block was cancelled at the school.

According to fire investigator Pam King, a fire was set inside of a plastic toilet paper dispenser. A second place of origin was above a wall-mounted fire alarm, also in the restroom. Damage was confined to the dispenser, wall and alarm.

The school was using surveillance tapes along with DNA evidence collected inside the stall to determine the person or persons responsible. Those with any information should call the Crime Line at 1-800-LOCKUUP.