Fire at Gore High School
Police and the fire service are investigating how a fire started in a toilet cubicle at Gore High School yesterday morning.
Black smoke could be seen coming out a door at the back of the building when the fire service was called to the scene at 11.37am.
Deputy chief fire officer Donald McGuigan said the fire, in a toilet cubicle in a girl’s toilet, caused a lot of smoke damage and some structural damage.
The cause of the fire was being investigated and he was unsure whether the building would be able to be used by the school.
Gore High School rector John McKinlay said he was unable to comment on the cause of the fire as investigations were underway and he was awaiting information from fire fighters.
About 500 pupils were at the school when the fire started and the evacuation had gone smoothly, he said.
Pupils returned to school buildings at about 12.30pm when it started to rain.
The fire service ventilated the building with large fans to get rid of smoke.
A block of Robertson St was closed as four fire appliances, two from Gore and two from Mataura, attended the scene.
Firefighters emerge from fighting a fire at Gore High School yesterday morning.