96 children, staff flee Brentwood preschool just before roof collapse

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Brentwood preschool was evacuated due to serious storm damage Tuesday afternoon.

Brentwood fire crews are at The Academy at Powell Place near Maryland Way and Granny White Pike.

The fire department reports heavy rain caused a partial roof collapse on the north wing of the preschool.

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Staffers heard cracking sounds and quickly made sure everyone was safe.

Assistant Chief David Windrow told News 2 the staff got the kids out of the building just a couple of minutes before the roof of one classroom caved in.

“The staff here was amazing. They implemented an emergency plan here very quickly. A couple of neighboring businesses kicked in and helped,” said Windrow. “An alert teacher in the room, the primary collapse room, she just knew something wasn’t right, so she quickly got the kids out. Then the whole center, not knowing what was going on, they got all the kids out.”

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Fire crews worked to remove two to four inches of water in the building, which was then turned over to the Metro Codes Department.

Officials with codes must assess the damage, submit a repair plan, and conduct inspections before the school reopens. There’s not timeline on when that will happen.

The children will reportedly attend other area schools in the meantime.