Goodlettsville Elementary evacuated on first day due to small fire, smoke

Goodlettsville Elementary evacuated on first day due to small fire, smoke (Image 1)

A small electrical fire in a bathroom forced the evacuation of an elementary school in Goodlettsville Wednesday morning.

Goodlettsville Elementary School on Donald Avenue off Rivergate Parkway was evacuated around 8:20 a.m. after a teacher reported smoke.

According to school district spokesperson Joe Bass, the school was evacuated as a precaution while firefighters checked the building.

A small fire was discovered in a bathroom and quickly extinguished.

Dr. Melinda Winningham, a visual arts teacher at the school, helped put out the fire, Bass said.

“I grabbed the fire extinguisher outside my room and went back [to the bathroom],” Dr. Willingham said. “I was telling students and parents that we really need to evacuate; then I thought I need to go and make them aware that this was for real. It wasn’t a prank on the first day.”

No injuries were reported.

State law mandates all schools have a crisis plan in place by September of each school year but Goodlettsville Elementary had theirs ready over the summer.

All of the students returned to the school after a couple of hours.

Students at Goodlettsville Elementary finished the day as scheduled.

Wednesday was the first day of school for Metro Nashville students.

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