Lake Ridge Schools
John Luke, file, The Times

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Administrators closed Longfellow New Tech Elementary School on Tuesday after a transformer malfunction in one classroom filled the building with light smoke.

Students were sent home as a precautionary measure, district Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley said. 

The district's maintenance staff and the Lake Ridge Fire Department were on scene investigating, she said. Maintenance staff previously had been working on the transformer.

The school will resume normal operations Wednesday, she said.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.