Falling Radiator Injures Kindergartener
A 400-pound radiator fell from the ceiling of a classroom Thursday, leaving one 5-year-old boy with a broken leg, the Star Tribune reported.
The kindergarten class at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Chaska was having a Valentine’s Day party when the radiator fell 12 feet to the classroom floor. The incident also left two other students and two teachers with minor scrapes that did not require medical treatment, the Star Tribune said.
The school’s principal Nancy Ronhovde told the Star Tribune the radiator did not fall directly to the ground, but bounced off of pipes. She said this was the reason the incident was not deadly.
It is unknown why the radiator came loose from the ceiling, the Pioneer Press reported. The area where the radiator fell will be closed off until engineers can determine the cause of the fall. Meanwhile, the kindergarteners will continue having class at a church across the street from the school.
The kindergarten classroom where the radiator fell is located in the basement of a 100-year-old building. The Pioneer Press reported the basement of the building is the only floor with ceiling-mounted radiators.
The injured boy underwent surgery Friday on his broken leg at the Hennepin County Medical Center, the Pioneer Press said. His condition is unknown.