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Lincoln Elementary Struck by Lightning; No Major Damage

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. – A storm made one school’s first day a little more hectic than originally planned.

Officials reported a lightning strike at Lincoln Elementary this morning damaged a chimney at the school.

The fire alarm was sounded due to the lightning strike at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, and teachers and staff moved students out of the building as a safety precaution.

Jackson firefighters investigated the school but did not find anything burning or smoldering.

The strike resulted in damage to the chimney and bricks falling from it. Some of the bricks are believed to have damaged the roof and may result in some leaks.

Jackson-Madison County Schools Director of Operations Stan Parker said that while repairs are made, students will be moved to classrooms that were unaffected by the damage. Workers plan to begin repairs and removing the chimney as early as Monday morning.

System officials praised the teachers and staff at Lincoln Elementary for doing an excellent job of taking care of the students and keeping them calm and safe.