BPS responds to spill at school

Published 10:31 pm Friday, February 18, 2011

West Bainbridge Elementary School was evacuated near the end of the school day on Friday due to a small chemical spill inside, according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Hazardous Materials Response Team, led by BPS Assistant Fire Chief Doyle Welch, responded to the school around 3 p.m. Friday.

The spill happened inside a classroom and was relatively minor, BPS Fire Chief Dennis Mock said. However, students and teachers were evacuated out of precaution, as custodians had applied cleaning chemicals on top of the spill.

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An ambulance was called to the scene to treat two people who had been exposed to the chemical spill, Chief Mock said. A female teacher was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital with a complaint of breathing trouble, while a student was treated at the scene by EMS and released, Mock said.

As a result of the evacuation, some younger students were picked up by the turnaround driveway near Zorn Road.

A short time after the Hazardous Materials team responded to the school, BPS officers responded to a fire alarm that went off in the activities building of First United Methodist Church on Shotwell Street. However, it was a false alarm; people were boiling water in the kitchen and had forgotten to turn on fans to blow away the steam, Mock said.