Burst water pipe forces closing of elementary school

January 23, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

A burst water pipe caused flooding at West Friendship Elementary School over the weekend, preventing the school from opening yesterday. Classes were expected to resume today.

The school's custodian found the burst pipe when he arrived at the school early yesterday, said Principal Leah Farmer.

Water damage occurred in the school's music room, cafeteria and first-grade classroom area, she said. An estimate of the damage had not been determined.

The pipe apparently burst when a heating coil stopped working over the weekend, allowing the pipe to freeze, Ms. Farmer said. The school -- built in 1925 and last renovated in 1978 -- has an older heating system that provides heat by warming water.

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