Blaze Destroys School Campus Classrooms

26 April , 2016

<p>On Wednesday 20th April, at around 5:15am, a fire broke out at Wesley College&#39;s Glen Waverley Campus in Melbourne. The fire, believed to be caused by an electrical fault in an atrium, engulfed 10 classrooms, causing an estimated $2 million in damages.</p><p>More than a dozen fire crews were needed to safely tackle the fire. At around 7:10am, after almost 2 hours of burning, firefighters managed to gain control of the blaze. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the incident.</p><p>Melbourne Fire Brigade Chief Officer Peter Rau praised the responding firefighters, stating; &quot;The firefighters here did a great job at preventing this fire from getting into other parts of the school.&quot;&nbsp;<p>Sadly, the fire broke out only hours after teachers, parents and students had been celebrating the school&#39;s 150th Anniversary at the MCG the previous evening.</p><p>Studies were temporarily postponed, with classes for some years resuming the following day and the remainder on Friday.</p><p>Thankfully, this fire started in the early hours of the morning, before students and staff were on campus. This incident is a stark reminder that building fires can happen anywhere and at any time. Such events are a serious threat to life safety, especially in sectors such as the education sector, with high occupancy facilities, hosting children and other persons that require guidance to safely evacuate.</p><p>With&nbsp;the growing number of students in our schools, Emergency Preparedness Training has never been more important. Evacuation Exercises and Emergency Warden Training must be practiced at regular intervals. Being prepared can make all the difference to keeping occupants safe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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