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Posted at 5:13 PM ET, 04/11/2010

Fire at D.C. high school is extinguished

By Washington Post Editors

A two-alarm fire sent smoke billowing from the roof of Eastern Senior High School Sunday afternooon, authorities said. The fire has been extinguished and no injuries were reported.

A school system spokeswoman said the fire was related to ongoing construction on the roof of the school on East Capitol Street, on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill.

There were indications that the impact on classes Monday could be small.

The system official said classes have been held all year in portable classrooms, which were not affected by the blaze.

However, she said, authorities were continuing to assess the situation late Sunday afternoon.

Heavy smoke was reported coming from the roof of the building about 4:30 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and emergency medical services department.

The number of people in the building at the time was minimal, he said. They were being evacuated as firefighters arrived.

-- Martin Weil

By Washington Post Editors  | April 11, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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I'm a 1977 graduate of Eastern. How bad is the damage? What type of construction was being done on the school? EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL is a historical landmark!

Posted by: fotochief | April 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 1977 graduate of Eastern. How bad is the damage? What type of construction was being done on the school? EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL is a historical landmark!

Posted by: fotochief | April 11, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

It's a historical landmark alright but are there changes inside the school? When I graduated adult male pedophiles roamed the halls leading girls out for sex. Teenage pregnancy was rampant and some classes had more students in the hallways during class than actually in class. Is it different today?

Posted by: peace4all2 | April 12, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Peace4all2:

Where you injured at birth? As for your question is Eastern any different today? I am sensing you are bitter and your school days were not favorable at your high-school alma mater. That is okay...your "old" school is under going a wonderful renovation and will probably open up in July 2010. Once you recieve your invitation...just come back and walk-up the restored historical marble staircase and embrace the future of the new Eastern High School.

Lastly, the school experienced a fire and references have went from historical to having pedophiles in a building...

What is your point? I would probably say if the fire was ruled suspicious and with your recent disclosure. One would might just have to look at you closely as being a prime suspect. Really, where there's smoke there's fire, literally in regards to your statement.

Posted by: PowerandPride | April 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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