East High stadium evacuated after smoke reported
The Salt Lake City Fire Department evacuated the East High School football stadium Friday night after crews responded to reports of smoke in a nearby building.
Fire department spokesman Jasen Asay said the report came in at about 8:45 p.m. Smoke could be seen from an electrical shed near the stadium. Fire crews decided the best course of action would be to evacuate the game, shut off power to the stadium and investigate from there, Asay said.
"We don't know if there is a fire or if it's just smoke, but just to be on the safe side, we evacuated the stadium," he said.
East was playing Jordan High School when fire officials forced the game to halt in the third quarter; East was leading, 28-27. The spectators and players were evacuated from the stadium, located at 1400 E. 800 South.
The evacuation shut down traffic near the stadium.
The game will be completed Saturday at 10 a.m., school officials said.
The Salt Lake Tribune will update this story on sltrib.com as more information comes in.