The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

February 19, 2014

No school Thursday at Lindsay Lane east following fire call

The east campus of Lindsay Lane Christian Academy is closed today after a heating and cooling unit overheated Wednesday causing minor smoke damage and triggering the evacuation of students and staff.

The incident occurred about 8 a.m. at the campus at 13902 Bradford Road in eastern Limestone County, which includes 79 students in kindergarten through first grade, said Lindsay Lane Christian Academy Headmaster Stephen Murr.

“It happened just as the students were settling in,” he said, “A student noticed the smoke and notified the teacher.”

Students were evacuated and a bus was sent from the main campus on Lindsay Lane in Athens to collect them, Murr said.

No one was injured.

Smoke from the unit entered the building through the heating and air-conditioning system, so the school will be closed today so it can be cleaned, the headmaster said.

Possible fan motor

The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

“Possibly a fan motor overheated,” Murr said.

East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. Athens Fire & Rescue assisted them.

“Within a short amount of time we had several firefighters and trucks here,” Murr said. “A big credit to them for responding so quickly. You never want something like this to happen but the students evacuated according to plan and the firefighters arrived quickly.”

Initial confusion

Initial media reports of a fire at Lindsay Lane failed to specify the fire occurred at the east campus on Bradford Road. (There are three campuses, including the main campus on Lindsay Lane and the west campus on Sanderfer Road in Athens.) This prompted some confusion among parents, who called the schools to find out about their children.


Text Only
Local News

A recent national telephone survey found 75 percent of respondents believe the sale and use of pot will eventually be legal nationwide. Do you think marijuana should be legal in Alabama?

No, but I don’t think pot smokers should go to jail
Yes, but only for medical use
Yes, but only for personal adult use
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee