This morning, the residents of Tulsa woke to the devastating news of the loss of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences to fire. Since then, the outpouring of concern from the TU family for the TSAS students, teachers and staff has been immediate and overwhelming. I have never been more proud.
The Tulsa Fire Department will be getting federal assistance in its investigation of this morning’s blaze at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. KWGS News has learned the Tulsa Fire Department will be getting aid from the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The ATF has activated its National Response Team to aid the Tulsa Fire Marshal’s Office. The NRT is comprised of a team of fire and explosive experts that specialize in large scale fire scene investigations.
At All Souls Unitarian Church, where the community of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences gathered this morning after news that a fire had devastated the school building, cheers went up when principal Liesa Smith announced that students would not have to enroll at other high schools.
“TSAS will not be dismantled,” she told students. “You will not be sent off to other schools.”
That word comes despite the school’s new building, the former Barnard Elementary School at 17th and Lewis, going up in explosive flames early this morning.
Eight Tulsa fire-fighters are injured while battling a three alarm fire at the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. The fire was reported just before 5AM this morning at the school, which is located at 17th and South Lewis. Tulsa Fire Captain Stan May was on the scene.
Stan May: “We had heavy smoke and flames showing. Fire fighters made an aggressive interior attack. That is when we had a couple of sizable explosions; they believe it is an old chemistry lab.”