[UPDATE: A teen has been arrested and charged with arson in the first fire on Monday.]
There was another fire at TASSS today (March 28th), the second fire this week at the high school—the first occurred on Monday. And while the fire was contained quickly—it started in a bathroom again—there is obviously growing concern about who is starting them. This email below went out from TAS principal Annie Johnston this morning.
From: Annie Johnston
Sadly,the TAS community was again a victim of someone who has deliberately
set fire to a toilet roll in a washroom. In this case the fire was found
and put out very quickly and the smoke and damage much less.
Students and staff followed the fire drill procedure quickly and co
operatively. The washroom where the fire occurred was in a hallway that
could easily be closed off so the rest of the school could return to their
classes without further interuption. They were outside approx. 15 min.
Members of the Board Joint health and Saftey team were notified of the
fire and the process to get students back to class safely.
The 3 classes that were in that hall were moved to other rooms in the
school. The Firefighters have cleared the area of smoke and have done
the needed air tests to ensure that it is safe. There are no classes
taking place in that hall for the afternoon. A small odour remains which
will discipate soom.
We will be having a whole school assembly this afternoon to discuss the
fires which happened this week, how they have affected students, staff,
firefighters, police etc... and what we as a community can do to take
charge of our schoo so this does not happen again. A fire fighter and a
policeman will also be at the assembly with us.
Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School
1009 Armour Road North