School officials seek answers after fire stunt

Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 18:42:42-04

Palm Beach County school superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa held a news conference Friday regarding the fire accident that occurred Thursday at Atlantic High School.

Avossa said the "Inferno Challenge" has been contracted four times, including two times at Spanish River High School and once at Boca High School.  He said he is seeking to find out who and what people knew that fire was a part of the act.

The stunt man, Ricky Charles, spoke Friday at Delray Medical Center after he was engulfed by flames during a fire routine at Atlantic High School.

The school district called the incident "inexcusable" and a direct violation of district policy that forbids fire and pyrotechnics inside school buildings.

Despite this policy, Charles said Friday he has performed before at Palm Beach County schools.

Spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said Charles had performed at four Palm Beach schools in the last five years, receiving $1,600 total.

An investigation is ongoing, and no employees have been disciplined yet.

Charles is expected to be released from the hospital Friday or Saturday after suffering burns to his face, arm and thigh.