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.

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