FOUR classrooms, three staff offices and two storage rooms at Penang Sangam High School in Rakiraki were completely destroyed in an early morning fire yesterday.
According to National Fire Authority divisional fire officer west, Gopal Reddy, the authority received a distress call from the school a little after 4am.
"We were called around 4.05 am and our officers responded immediately," he said.
Mr Reddy said NFA officers managed to stop the fire from spreading to other parts of the school despite the low water pressure.
"Our boys did a good job and even though the water pressure was very low, we still managed to contain the fire," he said.
Mr Reddy confirmed preliminary investigations into the incident have begun.
"We're still trying to ascertain the cause of the fire and at this point in time it's too early to tell," he added.
The police have confirmed they will also be conducting their own investigations into the blaze.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they would wait for NFA investigations to finish before sending in a team to ascertain what may have caused the fire that destroyed a building which has been a monument to education in Rakiraki since 1959.