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Ruptured line prompts evacuation of Camden Middle School

Camden County serves about 9,100 students with one high school, two middle schools,nine elementary schools and one alternative school.
Camden County serves about 9,100 students with one high school, two middle schools,nine elementary schools and one alternative school.

KINGSLAND, Ga. – Shortly after noon Wednesday, the fire detection system at Camden Middle School alerted school officials and the Kingsland Fire Department to a potential hazard. School officials evacuated the building as firefighters responded to the school.

Soon after arriving, what appeared to be smoke was detected in the front main hall of the building. School maintenance personnel quickly identified the source as a ruptured refrigerant line in one of the air conditioning units.

When it was determined there was no imminent danger, fire officials authorized school personnel that students could return to the building. Students were initially moved into the gymnasium, then into the main building at approximately 12:45 pm.

School system maintenance staff assessed the damage and prepare for repairs.

Administrators reported that all of the students, teachers and administrators were well prepared by monthly drills and were commended for their quick and safe response to the situation. School officials also thanked the Fire Department for their quick and decisive response, keeping students and staff safe and able to resume safe operations as quickly as possible.