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County officials thank Cottonwood resident who alerted authorities to school fire

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: cannon
Date: Jul 04 2019 1:43 PM

HOUSTON COUNTY:     The quick thinking of a Cottonwood resident likely saved the town’s high school in December, and county officials recently honored him for his efforts.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 6, 2018, Buzz Smith awakened to discover a fire burning inside the science building at Cottonwood High School, according to Houston County District 2 Commissioner Doug Sinquefield. Smith quickly alerted authorities about the fire, likely saving the school from major damage, according to Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Hall.

“The high school is one of the oldest buildings in the town,” Hall said Monday. “We had a couple of neighboring departments and Dothan respond to it (with us). If this had been delayed, it probably would have been a full-blown structure fire.”

“His actions saved the school from what could have been a disastrous situation,” Sinquefield added.



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