Juvenile In Custody After School Fire

By: Heather King, Chris Jones
By: Heather King, Chris Jones

A student is in custody after this morning's fire at a Washington middle school.

Around 8:15 a.m. Washington fire, police and EMS were called to P.S. Jones Middle School for a small fire in one of the restrooms. The fire was quickly contained and minimal damage occurred.

Student were moved to a safe location and school was able to resume a short time later.

Police say they can't release any information on the juvenile taken into custody.


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Students are back in class after a small fire forced PS Jones Middle School in Washington to evacuate. The fire is under control now; it's also under investigation.

The Washington Police Department is handling the investigation into what started the fire inside the school. No officials will say exactly where in the school the fire started.

Fire crews say they were able to quickly contain the fire; however, the blaze put out a lot of smoke. Crews are working to clear the school of the smoke right now.

The students and staff who were evacuated were taking across the parking lot to John Small Elementary School. The fire was reported just after 8 a.m., according to school system officials.

District spokeswoman Sarah Hodges says students with classes in the back of the school where the fire started will finish the day in other parts of the building. All students will be dismissed at the normal dismissal time Wednesday afternoon.



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A small fire has forced PS Jones Middle School in Washington to evacuate its students and staff.

WITN's Chris Jones is on the scene. He spoke with Beaufort County Schools Public Information Officer Sarah Hodges, who says the call came in shortly after 8 a.m.

It's not clear where the fire is in the school, though Hodges believed it was in the back of the building. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Students and staff have been evacuated to nearby John Small Elementary School.

Hodges says the school was contacting parents of PS Jones Middle students to let them know about the situation.

No injuries have been reported.


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  • by KBWard on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:19 AM
    Excellent job PSJ administration and staff, my hat off to you all for the prompt action taken in securing the safety of not only my child but the safety of the entire school population, thank you!
  • by Jessica's Mom Location: washington nc on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    I would like to thank PSJ staff for getting all the kids to safety...They called twice to keep me informed on situation..Thank you again PSJ staff jobwell done..
  • by Student Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
    A 7th grader started the fire. One of the rumors going around is he was smoking and they threw it in the trashcan. Another one is that they lit the dispenser and paper on fire. Either way the day stunk. I think the teachers and administration did really good... the rain wasn't bad and it stopped a little after we got outside. The worst part was waiting to go home.
  • by YaYa Location: ENC on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    This is another example of why children need to be punished without the parents living in fear of going to jail. Children need discipline. A whipping is not child abuse. Betting if this child had received more discipline at home he wouldn't be acting out at school.
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      by Ward on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:03 AM in reply to YaYa
      I concur
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      by BJ on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:04 AM in reply to YaYa
      Amen! YaYa, you are so right!!!! Department of Social Service give kids too much lead way!
  • by Parent Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    Good thing this did not happen at the High School. That principal wouldn't know what to do. My son attends there and they rarely have fire drills. Glad everyone was alright, and hope things get fixed at Washington High School.
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      by John Thomas on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Parent
      Your child's school should have a mandated fire drill once a month that is documented in writing. If they don't, then you need to contact the county office and let them know, in the off chance they are too busy working to read your comment on WITN. On a side note, I find it sad that parents choose this forum to post personal attacks against somebody that wasn't even involved in the situation.
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      by Concerned on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM in reply to Parent
      If you don't have all the correct info about the situation don't make remarks that are not the truth. You may want to check on the location of your . WHS does have regular/monthly fire drills and they are carried out in an orderly fashion. Again, you need to check on your child and make sure they are in class where they belpong.
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        by Brandy's Mom on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:25 AM in reply to Concerned
        You are very right,WHS does have fire drills. I have been sitting in the pick up line at 3:00p.m. when they have come out for the fire drills.
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      by Disgruntled on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to Parent
      What does this incident have to do with WHS? I'm sure they have fire drills when they're supposed to, just like everyone else. It's comments like yours that keep Washington from ever reaching its true potential. Everyone complains about everyone else in this town. It's that mentality that will keep this place "Little" Washington.
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      by Student WHS on Jan 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to Parent
      We have had a fire drill once every month which is required. Maybe you shouldn't believe everything your son tells you. If you were really concerned about it then you call the school and get something done about it. Instead you rather complain about a so called problem on witn.
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      by Midnight on Jan 19, 2012 at 05:02 AM in reply to Parent
      My child goes to WHS and they do have regular fire drills. I have been sitting in the pick up line when they come out for the fire drills around 3:00 in the afternoon.I am sure that the principal just loves your support.
  • by Anon Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    Smoking in the boy's room!
  • by PS Jones dad on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    I am very pleased with the action the PS Jones' staff, police and fire depts. took this morning. The school made at least two phone calls to parents to update the situation. And yes, I would much rather have my child stand outside in the rain than stay in a burning building breathing toxic smoke!!!
  • by stundent at Psjones Location: washingtion on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    i was there when i had happed and i was scared u couldnt see down the eight grade hall way then we had to leave the school aand go to jhonsmall for like 2hours And Everybody made it out safe and nobody was hurt Fell Bad for that person i will pray for you.!
  • by Susan Location: Washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
    Thank you Ms. Nixon and all of the PSJ staff for keeping my girls safe today!
  • by psj mom77 Location: washington on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    I just thank God no one was hurt and I think the staff did a good Jib being that there is over 300 students that attend psj. I rather buy cold medicine then have to bury my child and who ever set the fire I'm praying for that person and their family as well. lets pray for one another instead of downing each other!
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