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Beloit school evacuated after gym wall cracks

The Associated Press

Beloit school evacuated after gym wall cracks

CREATED Oct. 9, 2012

BELOIT- An elementary school in Beloit was evacuated after a gymnasium wall began cracking during construction.

Crews were working on a new addition behind Robinson Elementary School on Tuesday. Corporate Contractors Inc. was digging to place footing for the addition when the foundation under the gymnasium began to collapse, causing the north gym wall to crack.

Construction was stopped immediately, and the fire department responded. The building was evacuated just before 3 p.m., and students were released at their normal time.

No gym classes were going on at the time. No one was hurt.

Crews plan to backfill the foundation of the school and support it with heavy timber. Structural engineers will inspect the gym and the building repaired.

About 400 students attend the K-3 school. Classes are canceled for Wednesday.

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