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Fire damages buildings at Prospect Primary School

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The infrastructure team at the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) is assessing the damage and securing the site following a fire at Prospect Primary School in the early hours of this morning.

The fire damaged two classrooms, with a further four affected by smoke and soot.

Julieann Riedstra, DECD’s Deputy Chief Executive Resources, said two buildings have been affected but the swift response from the Metropolitan Fire Service prevented the fire from spreading.

“The timely response to the alarm from the MFS contained the damage and ensures that we will be able to safely open the school to vacation care next week as planned.

“The department’s infrastructure team will work over the weekend to secure the damaged buildings and repairs will be carried out over the next fortnight to prepare the school for when students return after the end of semester holiday.

“We are still assessing the full extent of the damage but I would like to reassure parents that the school will open at the start of term three with minimal disruption to students.”

Ms Riedstra said the school will contact parents to inform them of the incident.

“As soon as we have fully assessed the damage the school will contact parents to inform them of the arrangements for term three.

“At this stage it looks like two classrooms have sustained damage that will not be repaired in time for the resumption of school.

“Fortunately the school does have the space to house classes in other buildings and we will reconfigure the rooms to accommodate them.

“We anticipate that cleaning to the four classrooms affected by smoke and soot will be completed by the end of the holidays.”