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School greenhouse fire leads to evacuation

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire at Madison Central High School.

Witnesses at the scene tell 27 Newsfirst that the greenhouse burned to the ground within minutes. "We were outside for class and all of the sudden one of my students said he saw flames coming out of the top of the green house," explains physical education teacher Bert Brown, "I ran over to make sure no one was inside or around the green house and immediately called 9-11."

Madison County Superintendent Tommy Floyd says he got the phone call and rushed over. "I was on my way doing some school visits in Berea and I could see the black smoke," explains Floyd. "I rushed right over to see what happened."

"If you looked at it from a far it looked like maybe it was a towering inferno," explains Brown, "but the smoke was just really black and big and it looked a lot worse than it was." Students were evacuated as a precaution but from what school officials tell us nobody was hurt. They say other than some burnt grass the fire only damaged the green house.

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