Fire damages Mt. Juliet Elementary School classrooms

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mt. Juliet firefighters were on the scene after a fire broke out inside a  Mt. Juliet Elementary School classroom Sunday morning.

The fire began around 8 a.m. at the school, located at West Division Street.

Mt. Juliet police said the fire was extinguished around 8:40 a.m. and there is significant smoke and water damage to five classrooms in the east wing of the school.

The fire was contained to one classroom and fire officials believe it began in an window heater, according to Mt. Juliet Fire Department Chief Jamie Luffman.

The sprinkler system held the fire in check until firefighters arrived on the scene.

The majority of the damage stems from the sprinkler system and crews are working to clean up the damaged rooms and materials.

Chief Luffman said school will go on as planned Monday but the impacted classroom may be relocated.

Students were on spring break last week and were due to return Monday, but classes are cancelled. Spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson released the following statement about the closure:

As most of you know, there was a small fire this morning in a classroom at Mt. Juliet Elementary. While crews have been on-site throughout the day, there is still work to be done. For that reason, tomorrow will be considered a ‘student holiday’ for those who attend MJE. All teachers and staff should report for work as a teacher in-service day to help get the school ready for class on Tuesday. We are so grateful to the Mt Juliet Fire Department for their quick response and ability to contain the fire to such a small portion of the school.”