Officials assess class make-up strategy after MLK fire

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6:43pm

School officials will assess damage to Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School and come up with a plan to reschedule classes after a fire broke out at the school Saturday.

The school will be closed Monday while crews work to clean up and repair damage caused by the early morning two-alarm fire, which resulted in “significant damage,” according to Steve Holt, assistant chief of the Nashville Fire Department.

The fire, which an investigator determined to be an accident, started at about 3:50 a.m. and resulted in smoke and water damage to the roof and some classrooms, Holt said.

No one was injured in the fire, believed to have started near a mechanical room. A sprinkler system helped keep the fire in check, but most of the damage occurred in a void area between the roof and ceiling, Holt said, causing fire fighters to have to cut into the roof to reach the flames.

Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown told The City Paper the fire damaged one wing of the school and that custodians and contractors had already started to clean up. There are about 21 classrooms in the area where the fire broke out, Brown said.

“We will get a full damage assessment, see when rooms in that wing can be usable … and make a plan for when classes will resume,” she said.