Officials issue a stop-work order at River Oaks Academy in northwest Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities issued a worker-stop order Tuesday at River Oaks Academy in northwest Harris County.

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Responding to a complaint about another business in the area, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office located the school at 7453 Hollister St.

HCFMO said the private school had violated operating without a permit, and an inspection of the facility found multiple fire safety and life safety violations.

Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen said the academy had numerous fire and life safety hazards. Including but not limited to the lack of a fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system, emergency lighting and open electricals.

About 15 students were at the academy during the inspection and were picked up by their legal guardians, officials said.

The school is approximately 12,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 200 students.

“My number one priority is the safety of the children who attend a school in unincorporated Harris County,” Christensen said. “We will continue to work with River Oaks Academy until the hazards are resolved and the facility meets life safety and fire code requirements.”

The HCFMO Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the school safety inspection program, which ensures that all public, private, and chartered schools in unincorporated Harris County receive an annual fire and life safety inspection.

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