No one injured in fire at Meadowcreek

NORCROSS - A Wednesday morning fire at Meadowcreek High School disrupted classes but caused minimal damage to the school.

No one was injured when fire started in a restroom hand dryer, but the school was evacuated when the fire alarms sounded, Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. After the Gwinnett County Fire Department cleared the building of smoke, students returned to class, with classes in two affected hallways meeting in the gym, she said.

"Although the fire was small, there was a lot of smoke associated with it," Meadowcreek Principal Bob Jackson wrote Wednesday in a letter to parents. "While it did disrupt a portion of the day for students who had classes in that area of the school, the good news is that no students or faculty members were injured and that damage was minimal."

The fire broke out at 9:49 a.m., and it was under control in less than 10 minutes, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said. When firefighters arrived, the fire was out and students were being evacuated, he said.

Quick action by a school custodian kept the flames from spreading, Rutledge said. The custodian used a portable fire extinguisher to douse the fire in the first-floor lavatory.

"The blaze caused moderate damage to the hand dryer and only slight cosmetic damage to the wall inside the bathroom," Rutledge wrote in a news release.

The exact cause of the fire has not been determined and is under active investigation, he said.