Fire destroys classrooms

National Fire Authority and police personnel investigate the Naduna Technical College fire outside Labasa yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

National Fire Authority and police personnel investigate the Naduna Technical College fire outside Labasa yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

A BLOCK containing four classrooms and a storage room at the Naduna Technical College outside Labasa was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night.

It is estimated that the campus sustained $150,000 damage because of the fire.

Staff members at the school who preferred anonymity said the 63 students who used the classrooms that had been destroyed, which also contained their records, had now been moved to other classrooms.

The block that burnt down on Wednesday night was part of the Naduna Secondary School that had been converted to the technical college in 2015.

National Fire Authority chief executive officer Qionilau Moceitai said their officers attended to the fire and stopped it from spreading.

Mr Moceitai said the building was made of timber with concrete flooring and that the five neighbouring classrooms were saved.

“Upon arrival at 9.43pm, the fire team saw the middle section of the building involving five classrooms fully engulfed in flames,” he said

“The fire team quickly got to work using deliveries of water from their fire trucks and also utilised water from the college water tank to contain the blaze. The rainy weather in Labasa also enabled the team to draft water from a flooded drain in the area to further boost up water in their fire appliance.”

Mr Moceitai said NFA had started its investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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