Small Electrical Fire Forces Evacuation of Tyner Middle Academy
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 where the fire occurred, including the roof, to make absolutely sure the fire had not extended somewhere else. Once it was confirmed the fire was out, the firefighters turned the scene over to school authorities.
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. Meantime, Mr. Thrower said the students would be allowed into the cafeteria to eat their lunch, and then move to the gym, which still has power and air conditioning. Mr. Power said they would remain in the gym until school let out at 4:00 p.m.