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Primary school classroom ceiling collapses in Helsinki

A major renovation of the Oulunkylä school was completed about two years ago. School officials have closed off 12 of the school's classrooms for safety checks.

Helsingissä Oulunkylän ala-asteella havaittiin maanantaiaamuna, että yhden luokkahuoneen sisäkatto oli romahtanut. Koska katto romahti todennäköisesti viikonloppuna, luokkahuoneessa ei ollut lapsia tai opettajia. Oulunkylän ala-asteella tehtiin peruskorjaus hiljattain.
About a third of one of the Oulunkylä primary school's classroom ceilings had collapsed, covering desks and chairs with piles of insulation and construction materials. Image: Lehtikuva / Markku Ulander


Pupils who arrived to the Oulunkylä primary school in Helsinki were met with a big surprise on Monday morning.

About a third of one of the school's classroom ceiling had collapsed, covering desks and chairs with piles of insulation and construction materials.

No one was injured in the incident, as the ceiling had apparently come down over the weekend, and school officials still do not know why it happened.

The city's urban environment division said it suspects the incident may be related to errors made in renovation work on the building which was completed about two years ago.

The school's rector Outi Rinta-Filppula said an entire wing of the school building - a total of 12 classrooms - have been closed off so that they can be inspected.

Story continues after photo.

Helsingissä Oulunkylän ala-asteella havaittiin maanantaiaamuna, että yhden luokkahuoneen sisäkatto oli romahtanut. Koska katto romahti todennäköisesti viikonloppuna, luokkahuoneessa ei ollut lapsia tai opettajia. Oulunkylän ala-asteella tehtiin peruskorjaus hiljattain.
About one-third of a Helsinki primary school's classroom ceiling collapsed over the weekend. Image: Lehtikuva / Markku Ulander

"They will be temporarily closed in order to investigate whether there are any issues with the structures in other classrooms. In the interest of safety, 12 classrooms have been closed, so that nothing unpleasant occurs," she said.

Makeshift classrooms have been organised in the school's gym and music rooms, and some classes have joined groups in other rooms, according to Rinta-Filppula.

The affected classrooms will not be in use for 1-3 weeks, according to the school.

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