Reports of smoke bring fire crews to east-side middle school

Reports of smoke bring fire crews to east-side middle school
TUSD has approved emergency funding to fix the fire alarm system at Gridley Middle School.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fire crews were called out to an east-side school on Tuesday, Dec. 18, just days after the Tucson Unified School District approved emergency funding to fix a failed fire alarm system at the school.

According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, smoke was reported at Gridley Middle School, 350 S. Harrison Road, but no fire was found. It was later determined to be a problem with the HVAC system.

The TUSD Governing Board voted 5 to 0 on Dec. 11 to approve $250,000 in emergency funds to fix the school’s alarm system, which wasn’t functioning.

The district’s Fire and Safety Systems Department has declared an emergency at the school the previous week because of the failed alarm system. According to a letter from Fire and Safety Systems Supervisor Mark Smith, the a “fire watch duty” was implemented for the safety of the students, staff and public on or near campus.

The timetable for the repairs was not immediately known and it was not reported who made Tuesday’s report of smoke.

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