Seattle Fire Dept. crews responded to a 911 call Wednesday morning just after 9am to the former Schmitz Park Elementary School at 5000 SW Spokane Street. There was no smoke reported but the Incident commander said that "It appears it was some kind of steam leak inside the boiler room" at the building that had caused staff to call. Tom Redman, facilities Manager for Seattle Public Schools said that Pre-school classes at the school were being moved to another site likely Genesee Hill Elementary for the day but no word yet on whether or when they will resume at the Schmitz Park site.
Seattle public school engineers were on the scene to look at the issue. A pre-school teacher at the scene said, teachers were just arriving when the incident occurred. "The Pre-School Director was here and she came in and the boiler was making funky sounds, she opened the room, smoke came out and set off the alarm. We've had trouble with that boiler."
Before/After School Care thru the Associated Recreation Council is canceled today at the Hiawatha at Schmitz Park site.