Local High School Plagued By Fires

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) - Students were evacuated from Cleveland Heights High School for the second time in as many weeks after a fire set off alarms.

The fire Tuesday was the seventh at the school in less than a month.

The school's 2,000 students poured onto nearby roads just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. So many students crammed into a nearby Wendy's restaurant that the manager called police for help.

The fire, near the school's East Gym, gutted the storage room where it started. No damage estimate was released.

Superintendent Carlton Moody promised changes in security and the school's evacuation procedure.

Since Jan. 15, fires have been set in trash cans, on bulletin boards and atop a vending machine at the school. Except for Tuesday, teachers discovered all of the fires before any serious damage could be done.

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