Fire code violations found at Greenback School

Fire code violations found at Greenback School


6 News Reporter

GREENBACK (WATE) -- Greenback School in Loudon County has been ordered on fire watch after several fire code violations were discovered.

According to Mark Boyd, east regional supervisor of the state fire marshal's office, the school was ordered on fire watch after an inspection last week.

By being placed on fire watch, the school is required to have fire officials on site whenever ten or more people are present.

Boyd told 6 News the fire inspector found no smoke detectors or fire alarms in the boiler rooms or classrooms.

The school has up to 30 days to fix the problems.

Boyd said he is waiting on a plan of corrective action from school administrators. Until then, six firefighters will be on site. 

An inspection last year didn't reveal the problems found this year, but Boyd told 6 News the inspector hadn't walked through the entire building and these problems could have existed then.

Greenback School is an aging facility and parents have complained about on-going problems in the building. Some portions of the building date back to 1939, and several portable classrooms have been added to ease crowded conditions.

Earlier this month, the school was closed while workers repaired a blocked sewage line.

The school board is asking the county commission for $26 million to build a new school for the 900 Pre-K through 12th grade students, but a vote on the request isn't expected until January.


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