John Pittard Elementary Pavilion Damaged In Storm

Posted at 7:15 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 20:34:34-04

A John Pittard Elementary School pavilion was damaged in a strong storm when winds blew the roof off.

The building is located on school grounds on DeJarnette Lane. It was brought down by winds reported to be about 60 mph.

Murfreesboro firefighters responded to reports of a building collapse at John Pittard Elementary School Wednesday just after 3:30 p.m.

Firefighters cut through the fallen structures roof and used airbags to raise the roof to check for victims.

Since the school year has not yet begun, there were no children present at the school and there were no injuries.

Murfreesboro Codes and Engineering officials were working with schools maintenance Director Larry Willeford to secure a plan to remove the damaged structure before school begins for a half day on Friday.

“The cause of the collapse looks like strong straight line winds which caused some uplift, and an anchor bolt in the concrete slab failed, causing the collapse," said Assistant City Engineer Sam Huddleston.

The pavilion was permitted and constructed in 2015. City schools maintenance crews secured the area and Murfreesboro Police will conduct a special watch overnight.