Monday, September 1 2014, 11:18 AM EDT
Electrical Fire Forces Evacuation at Tyner Middle Academy
No injuries were reported when a small fire broke out Friday afternoon at Tyner Middle Academy.
The Chattanooga Fire Department got the call around 1 p.m. to the school at 6837 Tyner Road. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said the fire occurred where an electrical service line connected to the second floor of the East Wing building. Chief Boatwright said the fire appeared to have burned itself out before firefighters arrived on the scene.
Principal Mark Smith said that someone activated a pull alarm as soon as the fire was discovered and the entire building was evacuated as a precaution. Though the fire appeared to be out, Chattanooga firefighters conducted a thorough inspection to make absolutely sure the fire had not extended somewhere else.
Harold Thrower, supervisor over maintenance for the Hamilton County Department of Education, said the East Wing housed 7th and 8th graders. He said EPB would disconnect power to that building until repairs could be made followed by a thorough inspection.
Students were allowed into the cafeteria to eat their lunch, and then move to the gym, which still has power and air conditioning. Thrower said they would remain in the gym until school let out at 4:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy Bruce Garner, Chattanooga Fire Dept.