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Fire chief: Lightning strike forces evacuation of Fairview Middle School

A lightning strike to the roof of Fairview Middle School this afternoon forced administrators to evacuate students to Fairview High School.

“The fire department checked the roof and tiles, and all students are safe," said Dr. Mike Looney, Williamson County Schools superintendent.

The fire threat never escalated beyond an isolated smolder, according to Fairview Fire Chief Mike Cooper.

“The building was struck by lightning, which started a smoldering fire on the roof," Cooper said. "There were no injuries.” 

When the school's staff smelled smoke, administrators evacuated students to the high school as a precaution. Firefighters cut a five-foot square hole into the roof to extinguish the fire and to evaluate the damage. Members of the WCS maintenance crew were also on-site to access the damage.

Classes will resume Tuesday as scheduled.


Posted on: 3/18/2013


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