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Oct. 17, 2008

Unplanned fire drill evacuates Blazers before start of school day

by Katie Sint, Online Managing Editor
An unplanned fire drill at 6:55 a.m. on Thursday was triggered by faulty alarms in the school's fire alarm system, according to an announcement made by Principal Darryl Williams during second period. The administration found that the evacuation was not due to a fire or smoke, but malfunctioning alarms.

The early morning drill was just a false alarm, according to Blair Building Service Manager Yak Agbonselobho. "It wasn't a big thing, just a faulty fire alarm," he said.

The faulty alarm will not jeopardize the rest of the school's alarm system, according to Assistant Principal Myriam Rogers. "It was just a section of the system that tripped," Rogers said.

Although the fire drill evacuated students from the school, it did not disrupt the first block class of the day, as Blazers had enough time to reenter the school building before the first bell at 7:17, according to Principal Darryl Williams. "It didn't disrupt the school day at all because the alarm went off at 6:55," Williams said.

Blair has had previous similar issues with the faulty alarms, according to Williams. After yesterday's evacuation, the administration alleviated any safety concerns the Blair community may have by calling in officials to fix the defective alarms. "The fire marshal came, checked it out and fixed the problem," Rogers said.




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  • hayy (View Email) on October 17, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    fire drill? more like fire thrill!! this article was on FIRE!
  • ... on October 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    i find it funny that just the day before, it was announced that fire technicians were fixing the fire alarms ... did they just not fix it properly the first time?
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