A mid day fire rousted students out of McIntosh HIgh School at around 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Peachtree City Battallion Commander Ron Mundy the department received the call at approximately two p.m . and were on site within four minutes. The Peachtree City Fire Department dispached the usual equipment for a commercial building fire - three engines, a tower, a battalion squad and an ambulance.
“It was a little fire, on the roof, and it seemed to result from work that was being done there.”
The small roof fire sent smoke through the building, setting off the smoke detectors.
Mundy said when the school’s smoke alarms went off the staff immediately implemented emergency procedures worked ‘seamlessly’.
“All the students left the school and were all accounted for. The fire was out quickly and they were able to return to their classes to finish what was left of their day. Fortunately, it was a beautiful day.”
While students waited across in the grassy area near Walt Banks Road, the fire was contained to a small roof top area, and was under control within, Mundy estimated, 10 minutes of the department’s arrival on the scene and caused minimal damage. The department was on scene for about 45 minutes. Fire crews cut into the roof to put out the blaze and to be sure that there were no other problems.
At this juncture, Mundy said they beleive the fire was the result of the insulation catching fire while a crew was working on the roof.
McIntosh principal Lisa Fine sent out notices to parents, apprising them of the problems.
“As you know, we are having a new roof installed on the school. Heat from a tool caused a small fire in the attic over the auditorium. Our fire sensors detected the smoke, and we evacuated students and staff from the school without incident.
“The Peachtree City Fire Department responded quickly, contained the fire with minimal damage, and deemed the school safe for students and staff to return.
“I want to commend our students for their superior conduct and cooperation during the evacuation.”