Report: South San school up to fire code

Defenders go undercover to reveal fire code violations

Author: April Molina, Investigative Reporter,
Published On: Aug 31 2012 09:31:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2012 10:30:51 PM CDT

In anticipation of a new high school on the South San High School campus, construction crews have boarded up a few exit doors.

"We have exits that were blocked because of construction, and we want to make the point and emphasize that at no time were students in any danger," said South San Independent School District spokesman Ed Suarez.

At least one student does not agree with Suarez, pointing out it was a potentially dangerous situation.

She said there were three two-story buildings that only had one working exit in and out of the building.

According to the San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove, the situation was unacceptable, as all two-story high school buildings must have at least two ways in and out of the building, and there are no exceptions for construction.

"It doesn't matter if a building is under construction or not, you know. We need these number of exits for safety reasons," Bove said.

"They came in and said you have to open up the other exits and we complied," Suarez said.

Bove said no citations have been issued because the district is working to come into compliance, adding a recent fire drill at the school went smoothly.

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