Trish Kelly from Grafton Community College looking at where the fire burned.
Trish Kelly from Grafton Community College looking at where the fire burned.

Fire lit under community college

SOUTH Grafton fire captain Dennis Pye described it as a stroke of extraordinary good luck that he came across a glowing ember in what he thought was a post-fire inspection of the Grafton Community College.

The brigade was called to the scene about 11.08pm on Friday night after firebugs set alight a pile of timber and building materials under the Bent Street, South Grafton, college.

Well alight and with plenty of fuel, the fire began to lick the bearers of the flooring above as fire fighters doused the flames.

“We went upstairs to see if there was any damage and to begin venting when I noticed a glow and a small flame in the hallway on the bottom of the architrave – the fire had come up from underneath,” Mr Pye said.

The menacing glow was doused by a nearby fire fighter who was carrying an extinguisher.

The fireys were blowing smoke out of the building as part of their clean-up when the call came through about the fire at the South Grafton pool.

The Grafton brigade, who were helping the South Grafton brigade at the college, were sent to the pool while the South crew packed up.

Community College co-ordinator Trish Kelly thanked an unknown man from the railway who discovered the blaze, rang triple-0 and began extinguishing the blaze.

“If it did catch it would have gone up,” she said.

“It would have taken 15 minutes to go completely.”



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