Friday classes canceled at Union Middle School in Sandy after classroom fire

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UPDATE: Friday classes have also been canceled.

Principal Kelly Tauteoli sent parents the following message:

This message is for parents and guardians of Union Middle students. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as Sandy Fire authorities contained a small electrical fire in a sixth-grade social studies classroom early Thursday at Union Middle. While the damage was contained to one classroom, the incident caused a substantial amount of smoke to travel throughout the building. To allow for more time to address the building issues related to the fire, we have opted to cancel school for one more day to allow for a proper ventilation of the building and thorough cleaning of all hallways, classrooms, the cafeteria, gymnasium, and commons areas. To be clear, we will not hold classes at Union Middle on Friday, Oct. 25.  Before school resumes on Monday, Oct. 28, the building will be properly cleaned and ventilated to ensure a safe learning environment for our students. For the next month, students should expect to see construction workers who have been hired to rebuild the damaged classroom. While the renovation work is being done, Ms. Bass’ classes will be held in a computer lab. Students will be guided to the appropriate class on Monday. Again, we are thankful to have alarm systems in place to alert us when there are emergency situations at our school. We also thank the Sandy Fire Department for responding so quickly to handle the incident, which is believed to have been started by a faulty wire in a computer-charging station.  If you have any questions about this or any other issue regarding Union Middle, please do not hesitate to send an email to kelly.tauteoli@canyonsdistrict.org or call 801-826-7500.


SANDY (ABC4 News) – A couple of hours before the firs bell ring and smoke was filling the hallways of Union Middle School.

Firefighters responded just after 5 a.m. to reports of the fire in a classroom.

At first glance, officials say the fire is electrical, but the official cause is under investigation.

Administrators have canceled school for the day.

“Now this cancellation is for one day only. We think that we can mop up the mess and clear the building of any smoke and carbon monoxide for the day and then tomorrow kids will come back and this will be a safe place for them to learn,” Jeff Haney, Canyon School District spokesperson said.

Haney says this was the best-case scenario.

“It would have been a bigger mess if those systems weren’t in place and students and teachers would have arrived here to a building that had a smoldering fire and smoke in the building.”

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