Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 1, 2014

Curtain catches fire at Goshen High School

Staff, students evacuate building


GOSHEN — A black velvet curtain hanging in the auditorium at Goshen High School caught fire and prompted an evacuation of the building around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Goshen Fire Department Assistant Chief of Operations James Ramer, a slight haze of smoke filled the music area in the rear of the auditorium, causing school officials to call the fire department to investigate the cause of smoke.

Ramer said the firefighters were checking the electrical system as a possible cause of the smoke.

“It wasn’t electrical,” Ramer said. “A multiple curtain came in contact with stage lights and caught on fire. It burned a hole in the curtain, about an 18-inch circular hole.”

Students and school officials waited outside the building during the investigation until Principal Barry Younghans was given the go-ahead by firefighters to reenter the building.

“We are good,” Younghans announced to the students.