West Blocton High School

West Blocton High School has been put under fire watch by the Alabama state fire marshal on Wednesday.

The state fire marshal was able to find three major issues right away at West Blocton High School when he visited the school. They range from a broken fire door, issues with the fire suppression system in the kitchen, and the actual fire alarm system not being up to code.

“We’re working on it. We understand and appreciate the concern of our parents and just let them know it is something we are taking seriously and we are correcting those issues,” said Duane McGee Superintendent of Bibb County Schools.

Two out of three were resolved within a few hours after the inspection, but the yearly inspection paperwork was found the next day for the kitchen suppression and stated that it passed and took place on October 31st, 2019. The fire door was also fixed the following day.

“We are hoping to have the control panel for the fire alarm system replaced by a technician with the central station,” McGee said. “We were hoping sometime by this afternoon and we were told that the parts were in and available and probably get that done Saturday. Our hope and expectation is by the end of the weekend the major issues that the state fire marshal’s inspection found will be resolved and then there are other issues that we will work on at that time. We haven’t received the final report yet but just during the course of the inspection and the walk through the things that were pointed out several of those things we have addressed and taken care of.”

McGee also stated that some electrical updates throughout the school needed to be improved as well.

While the school is under a fire watch the school board is going the extra mile by having someone make periodic check-ins throughout the school to make sure fire safety remains at the forefront.

The superintendent wants everyone to know that no matter what the report says all of the issues will be addressed.

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