New school building concerns


LIVE IN KATY, BRITTANY JEFFERS,
KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS. KPRC CHANNEL 2 NEWS.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.
WE ARE FOLLOWING UPON A STORY WE ARE FOLLOWING UPON A STORY
YOU SAW FIRST ON 2. YOU SAW FIRST ON 2.
A CHAOTIC FIRST DAY AT THE NEW A CHAOTIC FIRST DAY AT THE NEW
LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL. LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL.
WE RECEIVED MORE PHOTOS SHOWING WE RECEIVED MORE PHOTOS SHOWING
STUDENTS JAMMED INTO STAIRWELLS STUDENTS JAMMED INTO STAIRWELLS
ON MONDAY. ON MONDAY.
ALSO NEW, 24 HOURS AFTER OUR ALSO NEW, 24 HOURS AFTER OUR
FIRST REPORT, CHANNEL 2 LEARNED FIRST REPORT, CHANNEL 2 LEARNED
THERE ARE NOW FIRE INSPECTORS ON THERE ARE NOW FIRE INSPECTORS ON
CAMPUS TO HELP KEEP STUDENTS CAMPUS TO HELP KEEP STUDENTS
SAFE. SAFE.
PHIL ARCHER ASKED HOUSTON FIRE PHIL ARCHER ASKED HOUSTON FIRE
CHIEF PENA ABOUT ALL THIS. CHIEF PENA ABOUT ALL THIS.
>>Reporter: THE FIRE INSPECTORS>>Reporter: THE FIRE INSPECTORS
ARE ON SITE BECAUSE SOME PARTS ARE ON SITE BECAUSE SOME PARTS
OF THE BUILDING’S FIRE ALARM OF THE BUILDING’S FIRE ALARM
SYSTEM HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN, SYSTEM HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN,
TURNED OFF DUE TO REMODELING. TURNED OFF DUE TO REMODELING.
REMODELING IS WHAT’S BEING REMODELING IS WHAT’S BEING
BLAMED FOR THE OVERCROWDING. BLAMED FOR THE OVERCROWDING.
FIRE INSPECTORS WILL STAY AT THE FIRE INSPECTORS WILL STAY AT THE
SCHOOL UNTIL THE ALARM IS BACK SCHOOL UNTIL THE ALARM IS BACK
TO NORMAL. TO NORMAL.
OVERCROWDING, A BIG ISSUE AT THE OVERCROWDING, A BIG ISSUE AT THE
SCHOOL MONDAY WHEN THIS PHOTO SCHOOL MONDAY WHEN THIS PHOTO
WAS TAKEN. WAS TAKEN.
IT PROMPTED LAMAR ADMINISTRATORS IT PROMPTED LAMAR ADMINISTRATORS
TO SEND OUT AN E-MAIL TO TO SEND OUT AN E-MAIL TO
REASSURE PARENTS THAT THE REASSURE PARENTS THAT THE
PROBLEM IS BEING ADDRESSED. PROBLEM IS BEING ADDRESSED.
AND TODAY CROWDING SEEMED TO AND TODAY CROWDING SEEMED TO
HAVE EASED A BIT. HAVE EASED A BIT.
IT REMAINS AN ISSUE. IT REMAINS AN ISSUE.
THAT’S BECAUSE LAMAR IS THAT’S BECAUSE LAMAR IS
OPERATING UNDER A TEMPORARY OPERATING UNDER A TEMPORARY
OCCUPANCY PERMIT FROM THE CITY OCCUPANCY PERMIT FROM THE CITY
WHILE SECTIONS OF THE BUILDING WHILE SECTIONS OF THE BUILDING
ARE BEING REMODELED. ARE BEING REMODELED.
THE BIGGEST SAFETY CONCERN IS THE BIGGEST SAFETY CONCERN IS
THAT IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS OF THAT IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS OF
THE BUILDING, THAT FIRE ALARM THE BUILDING, THAT FIRE ALARM
SYSTEM HAS BEEN DISABLED. SYSTEM HAS BEEN DISABLED.
SO THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT SO THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
HAS ASSIGNED FOUR INSPECTORS TO HAS ASSIGNED FOUR INSPECTORS TO
THE SCHOOL TO ESSENTIALLY ACT AS THE SCHOOL TO ESSENTIALLY ACT AS
AN EARLY DETECTION AND AN EARLY DETECTION AND
NOTIFICATION SYSTEM. NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.
>>OUR FUNCTION IS IF THERE ARE>>OUR FUNCTION IS IF THERE ARE
ANY LIFE SAFETY HAZARDS THAT ANY LIFE SAFETY HAZARDS THAT
CANNOT BE RESOLVED OR CORRECTED CANNOT BE RESOLVED OR CORRECTED
AT THE SPOT, THEN THE FIRE AT THE SPOT, THEN THE FIRE
INSPECTORS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INSPECTORS HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO
TAKE WHATEVER ACTIONS THEY DEEM TAKE WHATEVER ACTIONS THEY DEEM
NECESSARY. NECESSARY.
>>Reporter: THE INSPECTORS ARE>>Reporter: THE INSPECTORS ARE
ALSO CANVASSING THE BUILDING TO ALSO CANVASSING THE BUILDING TO
INSURE IT MEETS FIRE CODE UNDER INSURE IT MEETS FIRE CODE UNDER
THE TEMPORARY PERMIT. THE TEMPORARY PERMIT.
SOME PARENTS WE TALKED TO TODAY SOME PARENTS WE TALKED TO TODAY
WERE OKAY WITH THAT. WERE OKAY WITH THAT.
GRETCHEN CHILES HAS THREE GRETCHEN CHILES HAS THREE
DAUGHTERS IN THE SCHOOL. DAUGHTERS IN THE SCHOOL.
>>THEY’VE GOT PEOPLE ON SITE,>>THEY’VE GOT PEOPLE ON SITE,
SO THAT MAKES ME FEEL OKAY. SO THAT MAKES ME FEEL OKAY.
AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE
ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE ISSUES ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE ISSUES
WITH THE CROWDED STAIRCASES AND WITH THE CROWDED STAIRCASES AND
THINGS. THINGS.
SO I THINK IT GOT EVEN BETTER SO I THINK IT GOT EVEN BETTER
FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT. FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT.
>>Reporter: BUT ANOTHER MOM>>Reporter: BUT ANOTHER MOM
TOLD US SHE STILL IS VERY TOLD US SHE STILL IS VERY
CONCERNED ABOUT THE CROWDING CONCERNED ABOUT THE CROWDING
PROBLEM. PROBLEM.
>>ACCORDING TO MY DAUGHTER,>>ACCORDING TO MY DAUGHTER,
THERE IS VERY LITTLE THERE IS VERY LITTLE
IMPROVEMENT. IMPROVEMENT.
THEY OPENED EXIT STAIRWELLS AND THEY OPENED EXIT STAIRWELLS AND
KIND OF EASED THAT CROWD A BIT. KIND OF EASED THAT CROWD A BIT.
BUT IT WAS STILL VERY CROWDED IN BUT IT WAS STILL VERY CROWDED IN
THAT AREA. THAT AREA.
>>Reporter: CHIEF PENA SAYS>>Reporter: CHIEF PENA SAYS
WHAT’S HAPPENING ISN’T UNCOMMON. WHAT’S HAPPENING ISN’T UNCOMMON.
THAT IT IS REGULAR PRACTICE TO THAT IT IS REGULAR PRACTICE TO
ASSIGN FIRE PERSONNEL TO ASSIGN FIRE PERSONNEL TO
BUILDINGS, PUBLIC BUILDINGS THAT BUILDINGS, PUBLIC BUILDINGS THAT
ARE BEING REMODELED AND ARE BEING REMODELED AND
OPERATING UNDER A TEMPORARY OPERATING UNDER A TEMPORARY
OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE. OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE.
REPORTING IN LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL,

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