Small fires set at new South Plaq. High campusAug 26th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
On August 7 several small fires were set in various places around the new South Plaquemines campus, but representatives for the Sheriff’s Department and the Buras Fire Department say that there was no damage to the site.
“There was nothing to it,” said Buras Fire Chief A.B. Croft.
“There was no real damage done to the building. These fires were very minor,” said Chris Barker of HOV Services—the company overseeing the construction of the new school. “We’ll have to replace a few cabinets because of scorch marks, but that’s it. Nothing was damaged.”
This is good news considering that the campus is set to open for classes next week, but there is some uncertainty as to how the fires started—officials suspect that they were set intentionally.
“There were several workers on the scene at the time of the fires, but no one knows exactly what happened,” said PPSO Commander, Eric Becnel. “These were very small fires that basically burned themselves out. The fire department wasn’t even contacted.”
However, the state fire marshal came down to assist with the investigation and neither the fire, nor the investigation will hinder the opening of the new campus, said Becnel.