Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Classrooms, multi-media centre damaged in fire at St Mary High

Fire brigade personnel examining damage from a fire which gutted sections of the St Mary High School campus in Highgate on Friday afternoon.

Fire brigade personnel examining damage from a fire which gutted sections of the St Mary High School campus in Highgate on Friday afternoon.

Students and teachers of St Mary High School in Highgate, St Mary were jolted on Friday afternoon after a fire damaged two grade nine classrooms and a multi-media centre at the institution.

However, for some students, the fire seemed to have sparked amusement as their peers ran to safety after thick black smoke which originated from the fire spread across sections of the school campus.

The fire, which started sometime before 3:00 p.m. in the multi-media centre, quickly spread to the two classrooms.

Teachers assisted in evacuating students from the burning premises to safety.

Fire at St Mary High

However, while no lives were lost, and there were no reports of injuries suffered in the blaze, some students suffered damage to their personal items, including books and schoolbags.

In a video, one teacher lamented that laptops and cellphones left in a classroom were damaged.

Firefighters responded to the blaze quickly and brought it under control.

Principal of the school, Juliet Frazer-Sadaar, noted that the institution’s audio-visual room appeared to have suffered the most damage.

The audio-visual room was not occupied by students at the time of the blaze.

The damage to the two grade nine classrooms will result in dislocation of those students when the school reopens on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Central St Mary, Dr Morais Guy, expressed concern about the effects of the fire on the students.

He has called on the community and stakeholders to support the rebuilding efforts that could cost millions of dollars.

Dr Guy has already committed to contributing $100,000 to assist in the repair of the damaged infrastructure at the school.

An estimate cost of the damage is not available at this time.

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