Two students were injured after hot asphalt leaked through a gymnasium roof at an elementary school in the Toronto’s northwest end.
Emergency crews responded to the medical call around noon on Monday at Derrydown Public School near Finch Avenue West and Keele Street in North York.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) spokesperson Ryan Bird told Global News a Grade 3 class was in the gym at the time. He said the asphalt dripped onto two eight-year-old boys. Bird said a “minimal amount” of asphalt landed on a boy’s neck while some asphalt landed on the other boy’s arm causing more serious injuries. It also splattered on an eight-year-old girl’s shirt, but she was uninjured.
Bird said crews have been replacing the roof at the school, but work has been suspended until it’s determined why the asphalt fell into the gym.
Authorities said both children suffered non-life-threatening injuries but one may have been seriously injured.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour and TDSB staff were called in to investigate.