Taylor Middle School to reopen after classroom fire

Clean up is underway in a classroom used for home economics in past years.

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — Electricians and cleaning crews filled the halls of Taylor Middle School Wednesday after a two-alarm fire Tuesday night brought in crews from as far as Round Rock.

Taylor Fire Chief Pat Ekiss said they got the call about 6:45 p.m. from faculty still at the school, and when crews arrived, they found thick smoke coming from a hallway.

The fire started in a room previously used to teach home economics, according to Taylor Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Vaughn. The room was outfitted with kitchen appliances, but they had not been used for home economics in several years. The fire was contained to that room, which was currently being used for tutoring and extra work space. An adjoining classroom and a hallway were also slightly damaged. Chief Ekiss credits alert school staff and firewalls lining the hallway with containing the fire to one classroom.

“If you didn’t know which room you were going to, just walking down the hall, you wouldn’t know which room it was,” said Superintendent Vaughn.

Electricity and gas were shut off to the school while crews put the fire out Tuesday night, prompting Vaughn to cancel classes for the day since they were unsure when the power would be restored. By Wednesday morning, the lights were back on in all rooms except for the room where the fire started. Two classrooms are expected to be temporarily moved to another part of the building once school resumes.

“Certainly there’s going to be some smell of some smoke but, you know,” Vaughn said. “All of the oxygen levels and air quality will be at the levels they need to be.”

Vaughn made the decision this afternoon to resume classes Thursday.

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