Words: Emma Harring
Contributors: Carolyn Eichhorn and Giana Han
Around 7 this evening, the fire alarm went off at Centennial High School and people started to evacuate from the gym and auditorium. The alarm turned off shortly after, and people made their way back to their seats.
A few minutes after, administrators went into the gymnasium and auditorium, instructing everybody to evacuate the building. People were informed that there was a burst pipe in the boiler room and the water was to be turned off, and therefore, no one was allowed to remain in the building.
According to Assistant Principal, Joelle Miller, it appeared to be a burst sprinkler head. Night chief for Centennial, Ian Johnson, responded quickly, according to Miller. A crew from Howard County Public School System arrived very soon after and began work to fix the issue, and Miller believes the situation will be resolved in time for school tomorrow.
At the time of the incident, there was a girls’ basketball game being held in the gymnasium against Long Reach High School, and a freshman midterm review session being held in the auditorium. At this time, there is no word on whether the game will be resumed. Sources close to Wingspan state that the midterm review session will not be made up, due to schedule conflicts the rest of the week.