Blaze destroys King William's Town school classrooms

19 July 2016 - 16:44 By Asanda Nini


iQonce High School pupils were left stranded on Tuesday when a fire completely destroyed two of their classrooms. According to the King William's Town school's principal Xhasumzi Mrwashu‚ the fire‚ which destroyed both the Grade 9 and 10 classrooms‚ started around 1am.Mrwashu said he was notified of the fire by the school's security company around 1.30am and that firefighters and police were already on the scene when he arrived.He said the Grade 9 class accommodated 35 students‚ while the Grade 10 class accommodated 60 students. The school‚ which opened in 1997‚ is currently home to a total of 251 students between Grade 8 and 12.Mrwashu said classes had to be aborted this morning while dealing with the damage.A nearby storeroom with hundreds of stationery packs and a Grade 11 classroom‚ were also nearly torched but survived by a whisker‚ according to Mrwashu.He said the school will‚ going forward‚ struggle with finding alternative accommodation for the affected classes.This morning‚ hundreds of students were seen sitting under the sun while others helped with removing the debris.Mrwashu said he was not aware of what might have caused the fire.TMG Digital/DispatchLive

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