Fire breaks out in Lincoln High School days after district 'secures' building

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 10:46 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Fire crews battled three separate blazes inside the abandoned Lincoln High School Friday evening, just days after school district officials promised to secure the building.

The fire is the third case of arson at the school building within the last month.

After a News 4 investigation exposed gang graffiti and fire damage inside the school, Superintendent Art Culver said the building would be secured. On Wednesday, News 4 crews found that wood nailed over doors and windows had been ripped off.

Several days ago, Assistant Fire Chief Bill Clossen said he was concerned about the physical danger of the building to members of the community.

“It’s frustrating to know that they don’t care about the building. There could be people hurt or killed here. Not just firefighters, but people in the community,” he said.

The school district still hopes to sell the building at auction.

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