Two fires set in restrooms at Forest Park High

October 07, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two minor fires were set in restrooms at Forest Park High School in Northwest Baltimore yesterday, forcing students and faculty to evacuate twice during the school day.

The fires were reported at 9:52 a.m. and 1:43 p.m. and were extinguished by the time firefighters arrived at the Eldorado Avenue campus, said city Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

Cartwright said school arsons - including at least 16 fires set at Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy on the city's west side this school year - have caused concern among fire officials.

Firefighters assigned to the department's juvenile fire-setter program have been interviewing teenagers to try to figure out why they are setting them, Cartwright said. He said the city fire marshal has also been concentrating on school fires recently.

In an attempt to stop the fires at Walbrook, a city firetruck and four-member crew have been assigned to the school full time.

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