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Smoke affects Springer students

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Smoke affects Springer students

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Twelve students from Springer Memorial School, most of whom were asthmatics, were treated yesterday after being affected by a fire of mysterious origin.

Four ambulances responded to the call at the Government Hill, St Michael school, which was closed at 1:15 p.m. Eight of those treated were sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Principal Mitchell Maxwell said she could not comment on the matter and three attempts to reach chief education officer Karen Best were unsuccessful.

A representative from the Barbados Fire Service said when they responded to the area, there was no fire.

However, a source told the DAILY NATION that when students arrived yesterday morning, there was a lingering smell of smoke in the classrooms, leaving them to conclude it happened overnight.

The source added that since the start of the Hilary Term, they had been dealing with fires or smoke almost daily. Last week, police, fire and ambulance officials also went to the school for a similar occurrence. (SAT)