Fire prompts early dismissal at city schools

teen arrested

October 30, 2004|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

Fires were set at two city school campuses yesterday, forcing the early dismissal of students at two Northeast Baltimore high schools.

Students at the Academy for College and Career Exploration and Dr. Samuel L. Banks High School - both of which are located at 2500 E. Northern Parkway in Northeast Baltimore - were sent home shortly after a 9 a.m. trash can fire filled the schools with smoke, school officials said.

Firefighters doused the small blaze, and school police arrested a 17-year-old ninth-grade student, who was charged with setting the fire, said school system spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt.

Also yesterday, a small fire was set in a third-floor locker at Walbrook High Uniformed Services Academy, the West Baltimore school where the rash of arsons started last month. A day earlier, a similar fire was set at the school. Neither fire caused an evacuation.

This week, the city school board voted to spend $1.5 million to increase supervision at its most troubled schools.

There were 12 fires this week at city schools, Pyatt said.

Entering the week, more than 40 fires had been set in at least 14 schools. There also have been two shootings near schools after evacuations, including one in which two teenagers were wounded.

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