Fire at Fairview High causes officials to cancel classes
By Skip Anderson
A single-room fire at Fairview High School caused officials to cancel classes today. The remaining schools in the Williamson County School system will be open.
“Due to smoke and water damage at Fairview High, there will be no school at Fairview High only today,” said Williamson County Schools Communications Director Carol Birdsong, in an email.
The school was empty at the time of the incident, and no firefighters were injured, said Mike Cooper, chief of Fairview Fire Department. The source of the fire was a Slurpee machine that had been left on overnight, which apparently overheated.
“It was in the ROTC storage room beneath their uniforms, which were on hangers above the Slurpee machine,” Cooper said. “That’s what set off the sprinkers.”
The heat-activated sprinkler system was triggered at 2:42 a.m., he said.
“The only thing that trips the sprinklers is heat,” Cooper said. “These particular sprinklers activate at 165 degrees. When the water starts flowing, it trips the fire alarm which calls the fire department. It sounds also an audible alarm and flashing strobe lights for people who may be hard of hearing.”
Cooper said firefighters arrived at the scene and identified the room with the fire by the paint blistering on the closed metal door. His crew had to pry its way into the locked room. The Williamson County Rescue Squad assisted with the response, he said. The Franklin Fire Department was also called. However, authorities on the scene cancelled the request before they arrived.
The school is closed today to allow maintenance crews time to clean up water from the sprinklers and that sprayed by firefighters. The building received received no structural damage, Cooper said.
“The school will be closed today strictly for maintenance purposes,” he said. “They wanted to close the school to have the cleanup crew come in. They’ll be back to 100 percent tomorrow.”
Posted on: 3/5/2013