Eastern Guilford High School Fire

    • Nov. 1, 2006: Two-alarm fire reported at 2:08 p.m. The high school fire started in a second-floor chemistry classroom that was reported to be empty. A teacher spotted the fire, tried to put it out with an extinguisher, and then pulled the alarm as flames worsened. 100 firefighters responded.
    • Dec 2006: Investigators announce that the fire was started intentionally. Crime Stoppers offer $7,000 for information leading to an arrest.
    • 2006 - 2007: Students split up and sent to separate sites to attend classes.
    • 2008: Student return to school property to attend classes in a village of mobile units.
    • Nov 1, 2008: the new school seal is unveiled and the public tours the new school under construction. The first day of class for the new school is planned for April 20, 2009.
    • April 20, 2009: The new school open. Cost: $61 million; 270,000 square feet; Capacity for 1,200 students; 761-seat auditorium; 2 gyms; energy-saving "green construction"
    • Aug. 2011: The Guilford County Sheriff's Office set up a cold-case unit to probe the fire and chase new leads.
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