UPDATE: Cabell Midland to reopen Friday following oven fire
ONA — Cabell Midland High School students will be on a regular schedule Friday, Nov. 2, after they were dismissed early Thursday after an oven in the school’s food prep classroom caught fire.
No injuries were reported and the school was not permanently damaged, according to a message from Cabell County Schools spokesman Jedd Flowers; however, it was too smoky for the students to remain in the building. At about 10 a.m. they were evacuated to the Cabell Midland football stadium, where waited for buses or guardians to take them home.
The process was lengthy, with students still awaiting transportation 90 minutes after the incident.
Flowers followed up Thursday afternoon with a message of thanks for the patience shown by parents, students and staff of Cabell Midland.
“We understand many of you had a long wait and apologize for that or any other frustration you might have faced this morning,” Flowers said. “Evacuating the largest high school in West Virginia during an emergency is a very complex process.”
The school district also thanked the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, the Ona Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s Office for their assistance with the situation.
“Fortunately, no students were injured, our building is not permanently damaged, and the school will be open and on a regular schedule Friday,” Flowers said.