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July 4 fire at STEM lab at RHMS put out quickly, cleanup in process
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A July 4 fire at Richmond Hill Middle School “was extinguished in a matter of minutes,” and didn’t do any damage to the building, according to a press release issued Thursday by the school.

The fire, which apparently started in and was confined to a wooden chicken coop in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics classroom, was reported around 10:40 p.m., the release said, and dispatchers sent Bryan County Emergency personnel to the school.

“The local agencies; as well as, school district personnel, arrived at the scene and discovered a small fire in a STEM lab,” the press release said. “The fire suppression system worked as designed and the fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes. The District immediately contacted and has been working with certified professionals to provide the proper mitigation and restoration procedures. The incident resulted in no structural damage to the building.”

It is unclear how much the cleanup will cost, but Bryan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Brooksher said the school has insurance on both the building and its contents.

“This is an extremely unfortunate incident, but we are pleased that our progress towards mitigating the damage allows us to look forward to receiving teachers and students at their regularly scheduled times,” he said in the press release. “I want to thank Bryan County Emergency Services for their quick response and school system staff for their immediate, unwavering attention to this matter.”





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