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Matilda Hartley Elem. clear after smoke alarm


For the second time in a day Friday, officials evacuated a Bibb County school due to smoke.

Around 3:10 p.m., at dismissal time, smoke was reported at the Miller Middle School.

Risk Management Director David Gowan said a fan motor was malfunctioning and produced smoke. He said there was no actual fire.

"The [fan motors] will break down from time to time, so that was the source of smoke the staff saw," Gowan said.

Students were evacuated to the gym. He said one student was "being looked at" due to a medical condition.

Gowan says Miller Magnet is now on spring break, but the school plans to send a message to parents Friday night with information on how to retrieve students' belongings.

Friday morning, the Matilda Hartley Elementary School was evacuated after a teacher found smoke in a girl's restroom.

Gowan said they never saw any flames, but saw what he described as "hazy smoke."

Macon-Bibb Fire Department responded to the scene and "several" students were treated at the scene for "breathing difficulties," but no one was taken to the hospital, Gowan says. He says those children either returned to their class or were picked up by their parents.

The building returned to normal routine around 9:45 a.m.

Gowan says the cause is still undetermined and that maintenance came to the scene and determined all "building processes" such as AC unites were functioning normally.


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