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Small fire sends KES students home

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Students dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Monday

By Kayla Vaughn

Another Kershaw school fire caused students to miss half a day of school on Monday, causing minimal damage due to the quick work of local firefighters.
The small blaze began in a Kershaw Elementary School classroom when an air conditioning unit attached to the outside wall caught fire, spreading smoke to other classrooms.
Only the first classroom and an adjacent one suffered smoke or fire damage, and no one was injured. Students were dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Monday, but were able to return to classes as usual Tuesday.
School Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said the two classrooms were sealed off and the damage was evaluated by ServPro, the same company that cleaned Andrew Jackson Middle School after its devastating March fire.
AJMS was closed for repairs and cleaning for eight weeks. Kershaw Elementary was one of the nearby schools that housed AJMS students during that period.
Although this is the second school fire in three months, Vaughn said it is only the third in the past 20 years.
“Fires are very infrequent in schools,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s just a matter of timing. The positive thing was that it was contained.”
The school district plans to completely re-do the two classrooms after the school year ends on May 25, said Vaughn.
Kershaw, Heath Springs, Flat Creek and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments responded to Monday’s fire when the call went out shortly after 10 a.m., along with members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue and Lancaster Fire Department.
“I want to give them an applause,” Vaughn said. “The folks down at the Kershaw Fire Department responded quickly and got everything taken care of very quickly.”

Follow Kayla Vaughn on Twitter @kaybvaughn or contact her at (803) 283-1155.