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Officials Ask Public for Help in Investigation of Salem High Fires

Fire official calls investigation 'aggressive.'

Fire officials said they are "aggressively investigating" at Monday afternoon, and they're asking the public for help.

investigation is in cooperation with the and  school officials, according to Salem Fire Capt. Al Dionne.

There were no injuries in the bathroom fires that were first reported at 1:14 p.m., according to Salem Police reports.

Deputy Chief Gerry Giunta of the Salem Fie Department said the person who first discovered a fire ran to the principal's office, and an alarm was pulled.

"The school was evacuated very quickly and efficiently," Giunta explained.

Giunta said the fires in the first and second floor bathrooms were concentrated in metal trash barrels.

On the third floor, Giunta said, there was paper on top of a toilet.

"The toilet roll itself actually burned," Giunta explained.

The deputy said there wasn't much damage — "one toilet seat was a little scorched."

The Salem Fire Department spent the majority of its time on scene ventilating smoke from the building after the fires were extinguished, according to scanner reports.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Salem Fire Department at 978-744-1236.

Jared Robinson June 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Ugh. We had a girl do that in our school once when very other school had a snow day except us. That was fun standing in knee deep snow. Is Salem high not done with school yet?
windpower June 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Asking the PUBLIC? What would the public be doing it the school ? How about asking the students !
Aubry Bracco (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Windpower, as you can imagine people might be talking about this outside of school. They're very concerned and hoping to tie this up quickly.
Chris June 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I think they're looking for a 'Sherlock', interested parties should send resumes to Robert M. St. Pierre.

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