KC high school evacuated after fires, fight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Students were evacuated twice from a troubled Kansas City high school and eventually sent home an hour early after blazes were started and a fight broke out.

A police spokesman said eight students were detained after Friday's disturbances at the Southwest Early College Campus.

The damage from the fires included burned ceiling tiles.

The school had been one of the district's most successful until a consolidation plan more than doubled its enrollment.

Since the start of the school year, two principals have resigned and firefighters have been called to the school 50 times.

Battalion Chief Joe Vitale said that 14 of the calls were for fires and six for medical emergencies. He said the rest were false alarms or were canceled before firefighters arrived.