School personnel acted smoothly during emergency Thursday

(Source: Makayla Evans via Facebook)
(Source: Makayla Evans via Facebook)
(Source: Mayor Charles Snapp/Walnut Ridge Fire Dept.)
(Source: Mayor Charles Snapp/Walnut Ridge Fire Dept.)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - An emergency at Walnut Ridge Middle School Thursday was handled effectively as clean-up crews spent Friday dealing with the damage caused by a transformer catching fire, school officials said.

The students at Walnut Ridge Middle School were evacuated from the school building within one minute of a transformer catching fire Thursday, causing problems for the district and an off day for students on Friday.

Walnut Ridge Superintendent Terry Belcher said the cleaning crews were busy Friday.

"We have cleaning services to pull the smoke out of the building, clean the desks, the walls, those types of things," Belcher said. "Heat and air folks are coming to replace air units and check those and hopefully, we'll be back in school by Tuesday." 

The Walnut Ridge School District canceled classes Friday, Feb. 15, after the fire.

Students were evacuated Thursday afternoon when a transformer blew behind the middle school, according to Lawrence County Dispatch.

Mayor Charles Snapp says a pole blew down and hit the transformer. It then caught fire, sending smoke into the school building.

No injuries were reported.

The fire knocked out power to all of the buildings, according to Belcher.

As a result, the district used an AMI day on Friday.

School will also be out on Monday for President's Day.

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