Beaverbrook Elementary the scene of small Monday morning fire


Beaverbrook Elementary School students were evacuated Monday morning due to a small fire.

According to Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam, the fire was reported at approximately 7:21 a.m.

Early reports indicate the fire started in an air conditioning unit located at the rear of the main building.

Beam said Beaverbrook Principal Ken Bozeman and his staff evacuated all students to a safe area outside the building before beginning to extinguish the fire with extinguishers.

Personnel of the Spalding County Fire Department arrived on scene, completely extinguished the fire and began clearing the building of smoke.

No injuries were reported and officials say classes will resume later this morning.

According to Judy Parker, of the Griffin-Spalding County School System’s Communications and Partnership Department, the parents of students with asthma have been called to pick up their children.

“Thanks to the Spalding County Fire Department for helping us through this issue,” Parker said in a news release.

Beam also commended Bozeman and Beaverbrook staff for their prompt response to the incident and for caring for the safety of all students and personnel.

UPDATE: Parker issued a second news release at 10:06 a.m. that stated, “Students are back in their classrooms and breakfast is complete. Students and teachers are proceeding with their day and the air conditioner unit is being repaired. Thank you for your well wishes.”

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