Fire at D.C. high school is extinguished
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
Washington Post Editors
| April 11, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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