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Any White Cliff Occupancy Questioned
by Tom LeCompte


January 27, 2005

This is what was left of Aberdeen High School (my alma mater,) after a couple students started a fire a couple years ago. I believe it had the same just-inside-the-walls ventilation ducts that White Cliff has. These run from the ground floor up all three stories. It took less than an hour for this building to be completely gutted...all three floors. You could see right where the air vent/ducts were because they looked like chimneys spewing flames into the air. If anything is done with White Cliff, it needs to be gutted also or demolished and a new building put up.

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Aberdeen High School

White Cliff has a leaking flat roof and it has always leaked. Gosh, does anyone remember the flat roof debates with the new Kayhi? My class had two buckets hanging from a beam, and any time it rained water dripped....and I was on the 2nd floor! It creaks and groans in the wind.... a lot!

I feel it was a wink and a handshake between the fire inspectors and the district that allowed this building to remain open and I think any building inspector worth his salt could've found reason to close it at anytime in the last 15 years.

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Aberdeen High School

God Bless the memories, but let's take a bunch of pictures for that purpose and run quickly in any other direction. If the senior citizens really want this property let them have it. But with the steep, not-currently-code stairways, funky wooden fire exits, and fire trap potential I question any occupancy without major renovation.

Of course this is just my opinion.

Tom LeCompte
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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