Goodlettsville Elementary evacuated due to small fire, smoke - WKRN News 2

Goodlettsville Elementary evacuated on first day due to small fire, smoke

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Melinda Winningham, a visual arts teacher at the school, helped put out the fire. Dr. Melinda Winningham, a visual arts teacher at the school, helped put out the fire.
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -

A small electrical fire in a bathroom forced the evacuation of an elementary school in Goodlettsville Wednesday morning.

Goodlettsville Elementary School on Donald Avenue off Rivergate Parkway was evacuated around 8:20 a.m. after a teacher reported smoke.

According to school district spokesperson Joe Bass, the school was evacuated as a precaution while firefighters checked the building.

A small fire was discovered in a bathroom and quickly extinguished.

Dr. Melinda Winningham, a visual arts teacher at the school, helped put out the fire, Bass said.

"I grabbed the fire extinguisher outside my room and went back [to the bathroom]," Dr. Willingham said. "I was telling students and parents that we really need to evacuate; then I thought I need to go and make them aware that this was for real. It wasn't a prank on the first day."

No injuries were reported.

State law mandates all schools have a crisis plan in place by September of each school year but Goodlettsville Elementary had theirs ready over the summer.

All of the students returned to the school after a couple of hours.

Students at Goodlettsville Elementary finished the day as scheduled.

Wednesday was the first day of school for Metro Nashville students.

Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.