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South Tama Middle School ready for classes after fire

August 28, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The two classrooms damaged in an Aug. 6 fire at the South Tama Middle School were back in action Friday morning for the start of the 2019-20 school year as was the rest of the building.

It took just about "round the clock effort" since the blaze and resulting smoke and soot damage for the clean up Middle school Principal Ben Adams said Friday. Professional cleaning service crews, carpenters, carpet installers and school personnel were all called into action.

The two classrooms receiving the most damage were the 5th grade rooms on the north end of the first floor of the orignal building.

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Classes began on schedule at the South Tama Middle School in Toledo on Friday morning, Aug. 23, allowed by a big clean up effort from an Aug. 6 fire. Students and 5th grade teachers Ashley Raue (above) and Molly Ramirez (right) had classes in the two rooms which suffered the most damage in a fire on Aug. 6 with new flooring and ceilings installed.
Chronicle photos/John Speer

Stan Avery, head custodian for the building, and Adams said the soot and resulting smoke from the basement blaze damaged the subflooring in the two rooms requiring it to be replaced along with new carpet to be installed. Ceiling tiles were replaced throughout the building.

Adams said the smoke smell left in the building was stong enough to sicken people but has been completely eliminated by the professional cleaning.

The early-morning fire began in the boiler room due to an a faulty electrical control which set a wooden bench on fire and melted a plastic water line in the basement area according to Toledo Fire Chief Kendall Jordan.



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