Old school in East Juliette gutted by fire

An early morning fire in East Juliette turned out to be a former school attended by Jones County students who lived in the area in the 1960s.

A press release from Jones County Emergency Management stated that the structure fire occurred Aug. 25 in the 200 block of J.H. Aldridge Road.

Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham said firefighters responded to a reported large building fire in Juliette.  Firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:44 a.m. to find a single-story brick building with heavy fire pushing through the roof and windows. 

Graham said firefighters took a defensive stance to suppress and contain the large blaze.  He said the structure was quickly identified as being the old East Juliette Elementary and Middle School that had closed in the mid-1960s. 

Property owner Robin McKinnon informed the firemen that the property was unoccupied and had been under minor renovation to prepare to be sold. 

The chief said the Jones County Board of Education built the East Juliette School in 1955, and it stayed open until 1966, at which time all of the students were transferred to Gray. 

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