Two Randallstown High School teachers suffered smoke inhalation when fires broke out in two bathrooms just before dismissal yesterday. It was the second day in a row that county firefighters were called to the school for what are being considered suspicious blazes.
The teachers, who were not identified, were taken by ambulance to Northwest Hospital Center, where they were treated, said school system spokesman Charles Herndon. One of the staff members was released and the other was "under observation" in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said last night.
The school's 1,250 students were evacuated safely before firefighters arrived, he said.
When firefighters arrived at the school at 4000 Offutt Road about 2 p.m., they found heavy smoke and fires in two second-floor bathrooms, said Lt. Robert C. Rossman, a Fire Department spokesman.
Most of the damage was caused by the thick smoke and was confined to the bathrooms, though there was some smoke and water damage elsewhere in the school. No damage estimates were available. The cause is unknown, but Mr. Herndon said the fires appeared to have been deliberately set. On Wednesday, firefighters were called to the school for a fire in a girls' locker room.
Fire officials said they did not know if there was a connection between the fires, but that they are "under very tight investigation," said Lieutenant Rossman.