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School Loses Classrooms in Fire

Korotari Primary lost a school block and their library yesterday seruwaia waqasaqa labasa Students and teachers of Korotari Primary School in Labasa are still in shock after their 10-year-old building
30 Jul 2014 10:19

Korotari Primary lost a school block and their library yesterday
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Students and teachers of Korotari Primary School in Labasa are still in shock after their 10-year-old building was destroyed by fire on Monday.
School manager Om Prakash said the language room, two classrooms and the library room were all gutted.
Mr Prakash said the fire started at 3:45 pm after school hours.
“Some students were waiting for the school bus when they saw fire coming out from the building and they shouted for help,” Mr Prakash said.
“Some of the teachers who were still in school heard the shouting and quickly called the fire authority.
“The school only had two fire distinguishers and the teachers used them to try and put the fire out; some even climbed onto the roof with buckets of water and also used three hose pipes.
“This is one of the worst disasters to ever happen to the school over the past 10 years,” Mr Prakash said.
“I was so emotional when I saw the students looking sad when they arrived this morning at the school.
“We really do not know the cause of the fire.
“The firefighters arrived just in time because if they were late, the fire would have spread to the other buildings.”
National Fire Authority (NFA) executive officer John O’Connor said by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire had already spread to the wooden blocks of the classrooms.
He said because of the distance the school was located, it took them quite a while to reach the scene.
“The intensity of the fire, the strong winds and the fire load within the classrooms including books, tables, chairs, were a huge challenge as the fire spreaded rapidly within the classrooms.
“As such, the main firefighting priority was to contain the fire within the engulfed classroom block to prevent it from spreading to other similar wooden classroom blocks in the premises.
“NFA investigations are underway to determine the cause of this incident,” Mr O’Connor said.
Meanwhile, Mr Prakash said Year Two and Year Six students would be using a temporary tent given by the Commissioner Northern’s Office. Later the school will construct a temporary building to cater for the students.
The school has a roll of 139 students including kindergarten children.

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