Fire causes smoke damage at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy

The school was evacuated around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
The school was evacuated around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Officials announced late Wednesday that a private school in Limestone County will remain closed through Thursday following a fire in a heating unit.

Lindsay Lane Christian Academy administrators said a student noticed the fire around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

School leaders said everyone was safely evacuated. Parents were alerted about the fire and within minutes, dozens of parents arrived at the campus off of Bradford Road in Athens to pick up their kids. A bus was arranged to transfer students whose parents could not immediately pick up to Lindsay Lane Church.

The school houses approximately 350 students. Officials said the fire started in a storage room and crews put it out before it caused serious damage. The concern is now how long it will take to clean the building and get classes back to normal.

"The students were out of the building in a very short amount of time, and thankfully nobody was injured. There's not a whole lot of damage; it's more of getting the smoke smell out," said Steve Murr.

The school will remain closed Thursday as work continues to remove the smoke smell and repair damage. As luck would have it, Murr also noted that a fire drill had been planned at the school Wednesday.

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