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West Hall High School is up and running after fire

POSTED: December 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.

West Hall High School was set to open on time and get back to a normal routine this morning, after a transformer that caught fire Thursday was replaced over the weekend.

"Buses will run regular routes and the school will resume normal, full-time operations," said Gordon Higgins, spokesman for the Hall County school system.

The school was closed Friday due to a lack of power in the building.

Jackson EMC crews installed a new transformer Friday in the high school’s electrical room, which is detached from the main school building at 5506 McEver Road.

The fire, which broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday, was contained just outside the electrical room in a fenced-in area on the north side of the building, where a massive pad-mounted transformer burned. The school building sustained some smoke damage in one hallway, but no major damage is apparent. No one was injured.

Higgins said school workers first noticed something was wrong with the electricity at the school at about 11 a.m. Thursday. Students were temporarily evacuated to the gym as a precaution.

Superintendent Will Schofield expressed gratitude to Jackson EMC crews and electrical contractors who worked around the clock during the weekend to make the repairs, as well as being thankful that no one was seriously injured in the fire.


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