All firefighters injured in school blaze released from hospital
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Monday, September 17, 2012
9/17/12 at 6:40 PM
Three firefightes burned while battling a raging structure fire at the Barnard Public School building in early September have been released from Hillcrest Medical Center, the Tulsa Fire Department said Monday.
Eight firefighters suffered burn injuries to their faces, hands and legs following the fire and two explosions from the school’s chemistry lab on Sept. 5.
Three people required skin grafts. One firefighter was released Saturday and the other two were released Monday, the department said. The names of the injured have not been released.
"Even though all of the firefighters are out of the hospital, several of them face a long healing and therapy process,' department spokesman Stan May said in a statement. "There are no estimates on how long it will be before any of the eight firefighters will be allowed to return to work."
The Tulsa Fire Marshal’s Office, with assistance from agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, determined the fire was caused accidentally by a construction project in the building.
The school, located at 2324 E. 17th St., was undergoing renovations after the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, a charter high school, leased the building from Tulsa Public Schools.
The Tulsa Fire Marshal’s Office, with assistance from agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, determined the fire was caused accidentally by a construction project in the building. Tulsa World file