Fire trucks rushed to Deniliquin High School on Monday morning.November 20, 2012 4:34am
An electrical fire broke out in Deniliquin High School’s multi purpose centre (MPC) about 9.15am Monday.
No students were in the hall at the time, and staff used fire extinguishers to control the blaze until firefighters arrived.
Two fire trucks with 13 crew rushed to the school and quickly put the fire out.
Firefighters also ventilated the hall of the toxic smoke and used a thermal imaging camera to confirm there was no heat left in the ceiling.
No one was injured in the incident.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue NSW station commander Captain Bill Muirhead said the blaze started in a fluorescent light and spread about 1m through adjoining lights, and also dropped to the floor below.
Capt Muirhead said the fire was confined to the lights and the floor, as the ceiling was metal.
However, he believes the blaze would have caused wiring damage.
Capt Muirhead said the damage could have been significant had the blaze started on a weekend.
He plans to ventilate the hall again today.
Deniliquin High School deputy principal Peter Astill was one of the staff members initially fighting the fire. He hopes the hall will be back in use by later this week.
‘‘The MPC will be out of action for a little while,’’ he said.
‘‘[There’s] a bit of damage to the lights at the top of the hall.’’
Mr Astill also said the ceiling blaze caused melted plastic to drop to the floor in a patch several metres square.
He hopes a polish and some maintenance will return the floor to normal.
He praised both the firefighters and school staff, saying the incident went ‘‘as smoothly as could be expected’’.
‘‘We are very appreciative,’’ he said.
‘‘The staff that were supporting me were excellent.’’
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