NFA warns schools on fire safety

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The classroom sustained only 2% damage. Picture: SUPPLIED

The National Fire Authority has issued a warning to school managements and teachers about fire safety after a property blaze at Vatuwaqa Primary School.

Authority CEO Puamau Sowane said in a statement it was the second fire incident at the school in 11 months.

“It is very sad to see how little the school management has learned from the previous fire,” Mr Sowane said.

In the latest incident, on Tuesday, the authority received a call at 7.51pm and the Suva fire station responded at 8.05pm, managing to put out the blaze within 10 minutes.

The fire allegedly originated in a vacant classroom where combustibles were stored and, according to the statement, the room suffered two per cent damage.

The statement said the fire could easily have spread if the firefighters’ response had been delayed.

Mr Sowane reiterated that school managements and teachers must place emphasis on specific fire safety rules to prevent similar incidents in future.

He added they would ensure proper safety inspections were carried out at all schools in the country.

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