Two teachers in hospital after fire at high school
UPDATE 2PM: A FIRE at a The Rivers Secondary College Lismore High campus, that caused the evacuation of more than 350 people and saw two teachers taken to hospital, has been extinguished.
A Newcastle Fire Communications spokesman said about 330 students and 35 teachers were evacuated after smoke began filling classrooms from the fire in a dust extractor.
The spokesman said two people were taken to Lismore Base Hospital by paramedics for further treatment after suffering smoke inhalation.
A Northern NSW Local Heath District spokeswoman said two adult male teachers, aged 35 and 45, were in a stable condition and were being observed and treated after suffering smoke inhalation.
A fire fighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, the spokesman said.
Before leaving the school fire fighters in breathing apparatus used extractor fans to ventilate classrooms affected by the smoke.
UPDATE 12.55PM: A FIRE in a dust extraction unit at The Rivers Secondary College Lismore High Campus is being controlled by fire fighters.
A Newcastle Fire Communications spokesman said fire fighters had located the small fire and were wetting down the area.
A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics responded to reports of a fire at a Dalley St premises just before noon.
Paramedics assessed two people at the scene and they were taken to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.
WEDNESDAY 12.45PM: EMERGENCY services are on the scene of a fire at The Rivers Secondary College Lismore High Campus that is believed to have started in a dust extraction unit.
A Newcastle Fire Communications spokesman said fire fighters were called to Lismore High School on Dalley St at 11.50pm after reports of a fire.
The spokesman said the school called triple-0 to alert authorities about the fire.
"When fire fighters arrived they saw smoke issuing from the roof of a building," the spokesman said.
"The fire is suspected to be in a dust extraction unit in the woodworking area and fire fighters are investigating
Three fire trucks, a Hazmat unit, police and ambulance paramedics are at the scene, the spokesman said.
Students have been evacuated from the area near the fire.