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Firefighters Receive Influx Of Ballou High Calls

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By Natalie Neumann

The District says firefighters have been called to Ballou High School at least 40 times since the school year began.

The high occurrence of calls means firefighters have come to Ballou more than twice a week on average. The fire department says that volume of calls is beyond the norm.

Thirteen of the calls have been for small fires in stairwells and trash cans, like one reported yesterday. The rest have been false alarms or other incidents, including calls for medical assistance.

Six students have been arrested by fire investigators in three of the incidents. There've been no injuries from the fires, but they trigger evacuations that disrupt the school day.

School and fire department representatives tell the Washington Post they're forming a fire prevention team led by Ballou administrators and the D.C. police officer assigned to the school.

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