A supply closet in the rear of the Andrew Jackson Middle School caught fire this evening. according to Kershaw Fire Chief Spinx. The fire was contained to the closet but produced heavy smoke damage particularly in the center of the school. The fire safe doors on each hallway closed and prevented initial damage to the four classroom hallways. Because if the duration, smoke was able to enter the hallways and into the classrooms.
Heavy black smoke damage is reported from the ceiling down to about chest high in the center square of the school. No one was injured in the fire. Kershaw Fire Department was first on the scene, and Heath Springs, Rich Hill, Westville, Mount Pisgah, and Lancaster City Fire Department responded when a call for mutual aid was sent out.
It was described as an intensely hot fire, with flame contained in the closet. The school has been closed and it is not yet known the extent of smoke damage, or how long it will take to clean up the school. The school is currently being evacuated of smoke by huge fans at the front entrance that force clean air into the building and smoke out the back doors.
The school is currently closed and the call for no classes tomorrow has been made. Assessment and planning will begin in the morning to determine a cause of action.