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When There's Smoke, There's Fire

Sirles talked with ND assistant Jappy Oliver.

Five minutes before the bell rings for lunch, Jeremiah Sirles was sitting in class at Bear Creek High in Lakewood, Colo., when the fire alarm went off. The teacher thought it was a drill, and told the students to continue wrapping up what they were doing before leaving.

Then they smelled smoke. "That's when we figured we better get out of here," Jeremiah Sirles said. It happened to be arson, with the fire causing damage to roughly 40 percent of the school building. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. With a lot of the classrooms unusable, the school day has been split into two. For the last month, Sirles, a four-star offensive tackle, has been going to school from...

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