SAND GAP, Ky. (WTVQ) – Children at Sand Gap Elementary student were evacuated to the school gym after a boiler explosion, according to school officials.
No children were injured in what the school describes as a “small explosion,” that occurred during maintenance operations on the boiler located in the basement.
A contractor and a maintenance worker were taken to the hospital for treatment. They’re expected to survive but ABC 36 is told the contractor is suffering from third-degree burns.
The principal says there were about 270 students at the school at the time of the explosion. Students were later bused to McKee Elementary for lunch and the rest of the school day.
Jackson County Public Schools says the school will be open on Thursday and that the state Fire Marshall has given the approval that it is safe for students and staff to be in the building.
Principal Rob Williams says the building likely won’t have heat until at least Friday but he says with warmer temperatures expected the heat wouldn’t be needed anyway.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.