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Update: Fires force early dismissal of Bulls Gap School

August 15th, 2013 10:09 am by Jeff Bobo

Update: Fires force early dismissal of Bulls Gap School

Emergency responders descend on Bulls Gap School Thursday morning after two HVAC units caught fire, causing smoke damage. (photos courtesy of Jamie Miller)

UPDATE 4 p.m.

Statement from Hawkins County Director of Schools Charlotte Britton:

Bulls Gap School had to be evacuated at
approximately 10 am for smoke in the building. Emergency response
personnel were notified and had determined electrical wiring in a
heating/cooling unit caused the smoke.

All students and school personnel were
safe in an outside facility. Bulls Gap School prepared for a parent
pickup early dismissal at 12:30 pm. Parents picked up students
beginning at 12:30 pm. Students who were not picked up with early
dismissal were taken home in the afternoon by the regular bus routes.

All students and school personnel were
safe and secure.

Bulls Gap School
had practiced a fire drill evacuation last week during the first week
of school. The scheduled practiced emergency plan prepared the
students and staff for today’s event. The Bulls Gap School’s
staff was well prepared.

I wish to thank the emergency response
personnel and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department. All
cooperated and worked with the staff in assisting with dispersing
lunch, traffic control, and assisting with the students.

Bulls Gap principal Sharon southern said school will be in session on the regular schedule Friday.

Update: 1 p.m.

According to Hawkins County EMA Director Gary Murrell, two HVAC motors burned up, one on the roof and one in a classroom. There was no structural damage from the fires, just a lot of smoke.

Both fires were extinguished, but school was officially dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Parents who drop their children off have been able to pick them up. As of 1 p.m., students who ride buses were in the gym awaiting their arrival. 


Bulls Gap School has been evacuated Thursday morning due to an apparent duct work fire that is causing heavy smoke in some classrooms. 

Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell said there are no flames visible at this time but there is heavy smoke and two fire departments have responded to the school. 

Keep checking back with Times-News as we will update this story as more information becomes available.

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