Electrical fire cancels classes at Lake Zurich school

  • A classroom fire early Monday morning forced officials to cancel classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich. A malfunctioning room fan motor is likely to blame for the fire, according to Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcom.

      A classroom fire early Monday morning forced officials to cancel classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich. A malfunctioning room fan motor is likely to blame for the fire, according to Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcom. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, 2009

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/18/2019 10:16 PM

Lake Zurich's May Whitney Elementary School will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday following a classroom fire early Monday.

No one was injured in the blaze at the school, 100 Church St. It was discovered about 5:35 a.m. in a second-floor classroom by a maintenance worker, officials said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A malfunctioning room fan motor likely was the culprit, Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcolm said.

The fire was contained to the classroom and extinguished within 20 minutes of firefighters' arrival, but other parts of the school were damaged by smoke and water.

"We have just made the decision to close school on Wednesday too in order to give the restoration company adequate time to ensure a safe environment for students and staff. We hope to have students and staff return to school on Thursday," Jean Malek, director of communications for District 95, said Monday evening.

Parents in need of child care while the school is closed can drop off students at Foglia YMCA at 1025 N. Old McHenry Road.

Any students from Sarah Adams, Seth Paine and Spencer Loomis elementary schools who normally drop off at May Whitney in the morning can drop off at the YMCA instead, and the district will provide transportation from the YMCA to their respective schools.

May Whitney employees will report to the district administration building, officials said.

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