This letter is being written to you to inform you of an incident that occurred on the Thomson Middle School campus on Tuesday morning.
At approximately 7:40 a.m., some staff on duty at the bus ramp noticed smoke coming out of the roof on the back hall at TMS. Immediately the power was cut off, the fire alarm was activated, and the fire department was notified. The fire trucks arrived within three minutes and worked quickly to determine the cause of the smoke.
During this time, students were taken safely to the lunchroom and the gym while our firemen diligently searched for the cause of the smoke, leaving nothing to chance. Rooms were checked, the ceiling was opened, the attic was checked, ballasts on the lights were examined. Only when the power was turned back on did they find the source of the smoke: a fan motor had burned up on the back hall near the exterior door.
The firemen finished their work and left the campus about 8:35 a.m. Students were then returned safely to their classes and their academic day began about 45 minutes late.
Our staff did a terrific job maintaining student safety as their first priority. We couldn't ask for better student cooperation, they were terrific. And lastly, kudos to our Thomson Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and Thomson Police Department for their quick action to our situation. Please thank them for a job well done.
Dr. Mark Petersen
McDuffie County Schools