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Wallington School Opening Delayed After Pilot Light Goes Out

This morning's opening at Wallington's Jefferson (Annex) Elementary School was delayed 20 minutes.
This morning's opening at Wallington's Jefferson (Annex) Elementary School was delayed 20 minutes. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WALLINGTON, N.J. -- A pilot light that went out in a basement stove at Wallington's Jefferson (Annex) Elementary School delayed the morning opening by 20 minutes and brought firefighters and PSE&G.

Custodians reported smelling gas and called the Wallington Fire Department, who then notified the utility, around 8 a.m., Schools Supt. James Albro told Daily Voice.

Contrary to another media report, Albro said the school wasn't evacuated and there wasn't a gas leak.

"The situation was corrected before school began," Albro said. "Students had not even been dropped off at school yet."

"Students were in class at about five minutes to 9 a.m.," he said.

One hallway was aired out and PSE&G did an air quality test before the school -- owned by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church -- was reopened.

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