Fire Forces Evacuation of SKHS for 7 Minutes

According to a statement released by South Kingstown High School principal Robert McCarthy, the school was evacuated Thursday because of a fire.

Release courtesy South Kingstown High School principal Robert McCarthy.

We were forced to evacuate the building this morning between first period and advisory because someone had lit a toilet paper roll on fire in one of the boys’ bathrooms, leading to smoke in the hallway and bathroom.

Students and teachers were outside for about seven minutes and were then directed to either the gym or the auditorium where they waited for approximately 25 minutes while local fire officials cleared the smoke and determined it was safe for students to go to classes.  

We’ve strongly encouraged students to come forward with any information pertaining to the culprit.  The safety of the children and adults who come here every day is our top priority.  

I’d like to thank all of the students and teachers for how they conducted themselves during the evacuation and the professionals from the South Kingstown Fire and Police departments for their rapid and professional response.

Stephen Greenwell November 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
McCarthy issued a follow-up statement - With the help of teachers and students, police have identified the person involved and made an arrest.
Ted Geisel November 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Best Patch headline ever...
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This shouldn't be just a slap on the wrist. Maybe this 'child' should take a tour of a burn center and see what people who are severely burned go through.
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