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Cape Fear H.S. Students Return to Classes Damaged by Fire

Posted November 1, 2000

— A fire at Cape Fear High School last November devastated a whole community. Even more shocking was that two Cape Fear students were arrested for burning the school. Signs of the fire have been visible everyday -- until now.

For nearly a year, a fence keep students from the building that was damaged in the fire. A classroom, a science lab and a weight room were gutted.

After months of construction, and about $700,000, the rooms are now back in use.

Students Paul Payne and Michael Furmage were arrested for starting the fire. After the news, other students worked doubly hard to clean up and get back in school.

"As students, we've had to work in small weight rooms and cramped areas, and it's really shown how much a lot of students really do love this school," says student Aaron Townsend.

A trial has not been set for the suspects. Payne, who was released on bond, is working on getting his high school diploma. Furmage remains behind bars awaiting trial.


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