LAYTON -- Whitesides Elementary School, 233 N. Colonial, will be closed Thursday and Friday, according to a news release from Doug Bitton, Layton City Fire Department public information officer. The school will reopen as scheduled Jan. 2.
The reason for the early closure is that the building's boiler lost its water pressure and supply, which caused the boiler to severely overheat and generate smoke.
The news release states that at 4:44 p.m. today, the Layton Fire Department responded to the school, where the fire alarm system had activated, detecting smoke in the basement boiler area. Fifty students and teachers were in the school at the time of the alarm for an after-school class. Crews arrived, finding smoke in the boiler room and a light haze of smoke in the main level hallways. Fire crews worked with school maintenance responders to isolate the power to the boiler. They also shut off the natural gas mains to the school as a precautionary measure.
No injuries were reported. No fire damage occurred to the school. However, district officials said that, because of no boiler and the residual smell of smoke, the school will be closed Thursday and Friday. Parents will be advised via calling tree.