2 schools closed after fire set


December 22, 2005

Thurgood Marshall middle and high schools remained closed yesterday, a day after a fire was set in a classroom closet in the middle school. Pupils at the middle school had been sent home early Tuesday from the school off Moravia Road in Northeast Baltimore. No one was injured in the fire, said Chief Antonio Williams, head of the city schools police force. No arrests had been made yesterday, but Williams said police had leads. The fire was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Williams said. Papers on the floor of a closet in an empty classroom were ignited.

While damage was contained to the classroom, Williams said, school officials decided to dismiss classes for the day because smoke was in the building and pupils were cold standing outdoors. Instruction was not interrupted in the adjoining high school Tuesday, but yesterday both schools were closed while officials cleaned debris and waited for a Health Department inspection, said school system spokeswoman Edie House.

Sara Neufeld

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