Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

March 3, 2014

CCS evacuates as a fire rages a field away


— By TYLER MASK



Friday afternoon, around 2 p.m., Community Christian School was forced to evacuate their building because of a fire that started right next door.

“We had a fire in the field, right next to the field that we own,” Head Administrator Doug Jefferson said. “It was big and out of control. A student, Isaiah Brazeal, came in and told me, 'Hey, there's a fire out here.' When I went outside, I could actually see flames from the front door of our school. With as dry and windy as it is, I wasn't willing to take a risk.”

The staff responded quickly, and all students were evacuated within three minutes. Jefferson said he was very proud of the way the entire school handled the evacuation, adding that the Lieutenant of Mineral Wells Police Department praised them for responding in an appropriate and efficient manner. Shocking as the story seems, the morning events leading up to the time of the fire were in the least, interesting.

Friday's chapel meeting was student led that morning, with Brazeal delivering the message. His key verse was 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads, “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control” (NET). A verse that seems fitting when staring at the face of fire.

In the midst of what could have been a chaotic event, Jefferson reminded the students of the verse on their way out. Everything calmed down after that, he said.

When all the students had arrived safely to Well of Life Church, CCS's designated safety zone, Jefferson asked them what they had learned in chapel that day. They responded with Brazeal's key scripture.

Parents also responded quickly. Nearly 30 minutes after the traumatic event, more than half the students had already been picked up from WOLC, Jefferson said.

Jefferson is glad that the message took root with the students and is grateful no one was hurt.

“You always have plans for that procedure, but it's really nice to know we can do it,” Jefferson said.

According to Mineral Wells Fire/EMS Chief Mike Pool, the fire has since been extinguished.