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High School Fire Investigation Begins

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Police say they're interviewing people of interest and trying to figure out who set fire to an eastern Kentucky high school Monday night.

About a half-hour after a basketball game Monday night, someone still inside Evarts High School noticed the back of school was on fire.

The fire was put out quickly, but not before causing damage. It was damage to a school that's become a crime scene many times this past year.

The Evarts High School principal says the fire in the back of his school was definitely no accident.

This is not the first time the the school has been targeted this year.

Last summer, the principal's office windows were busted out.

In September, police say four men broke in and did 8 thousand dollars worth of damage to classrooms and doors.

Three of those four have been convicted on burglary charges.

On Halloween, vandals busted several windows out of the high school and now this fire, which burned a back entrance, caused smoke damage throughout the school and is expected to cost thousands of dollars to repair.

"It not only affects my child, having their school destroyed, it's taking their education away from them," Judy Bishop said.

Police say they're interviewing several people and believe those responsible were teenagers or young men, Judy Bishop suspects students of the school.

"If they don't want to go to school that's fine, but there's other kids that want a good education," Bob Howards said.

At least for now,. education will be at least interrupted.

The Evarts High School principal has called off school for January 31st, 2007.

He says there's just too much to clean up and he wants to make sure everything is in working order before students come back.


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