Smoke forces students from two Bibb schools

Smoke forces students from two Bibb schools

lfabian@macon.comMarch 28, 2014 

The fire alarm sounded Friday at Matilda Hartley Elementary and at Miller Middle when smoke was reported in both schools.

As the dismissal bell was going off to launch spring break, Miller students were forced to evacuate the building when a fan unit malfunctioned in the ceiling at 3:10 p.m., said Bibb County school system risk manager David Gowan.

Students waited in the gym and were dismissed from there, he said.

It was no drill either when Hartley Elementary students fled in the rain from their building on Anthony Road about 9:20 a.m.

Macon-Bibb County firefighters did not find flames but did see some smoke in a third-grade bathroom.

The source of that smoke was not determined, Gowan said.

“The maintenance department checked out the entire building and found everything was working properly,” he said.

No one was hurt in either incident, but an ambulance was called to Miller for a student with a pre-existing medical condition, Gowan said.

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