30 Year Anniversary Of Stone Middle School Fire

Posted on: 9:31 pm, April 17, 2013, by , updated on: 10:30pm, April 17, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Thursday marks 30 years since a fire destroyed Stone Middle School In Huntsville, and for the students who survived the inferno, the memories from that day are still crystal clear.

The fire left several people injured, some teachers had to jump from second story windows to escaped the flames that were fanned by strong winds. WHNT News 19 cameras were on scene on that fateful day capturing video of students running from the building and firefighters battling the flames. One sixth grader, Rodney Taylor remembers his teacher telling everyone to get out of the classroom.

“When we got outside and across the street we saw more and more smoke coming from the roof and then realized how big of a fire there was,” Taylor says.

The school was rebuilt in 1986 and then closed to students in 2009. Currently the building is a warehouse for the school district. The property is still for sale and there have been reports of a new VA hospital being built on the site.