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Vending Machine Causes Overnight Fire at Graves Co. Middle School

A malfunction in a vending machine sparked a small fire at Graves County Middle School early Tuesday morning.

An electrical issue in the Sundrop machine produced flames and set off the alarm around 12:30. Public Relations Coordinator Paul Schaumburg says it was a “freak accident” and says it’s fortunate no one was present at the time.

The fire damage did not spread beyond the machine.

Schaumburg also says school safety measures are in place for teachers and staff to respond if students had been present during the mishap.

Classes begin Thursday.


Ebony Clark is a student at Murray State University majoring in computer science. She was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ebony has served as a reporter for 4-H congress in Nashville, TN where she spoke with several state leaders and congressmen. Ebony enjoys writing poetry and spoken word and competed in Tennessee's Poetry Out Loud competition hosted by the arts council in Nashville,TN.
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