Burn center: Student still critical after fire incident at SC school

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – One student is reportedly in critical condition Wednesday after a fire-related incident forced the joint campus of Academic Magnet and School of the Arts into a lockdown.

North Charleston police have released few details about the student and the origins of the fire, but they say the fire started around 8:20am.

Officials Wednesday evening at the burn center in Augusta, Ga., said the sophomore remains in critical condition.

Jason A. Sakran with the Charleston County School District said the student was transported by EMS to MUSC and the student's family was notified. Sakran said there was no larger threat to the security or safety of the school or other students.

Officials placed the campus on administrative lockdown while police investigated the incident. The school reopened several hours alter and Sakran said the school resumed a normal schedule.

Counselors remained on site all day to assist students and school will dismiss as normal, according to Sakran. 

The North Charleston Police Department is the lead agency investigating the incident. Representatives from the North Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County School District held a press conference at 10:30am, but did not release many details. 

Officials said the vehicle involved in the incident was taken from the campus to a warehouse where investigators will try to determine a cause to the fire.

Academic Magnet High School shares a campus with the School of the Arts.

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