Wynberg Boys' suspends classes after fire

2016-08-04 11:19
A fire gutted classrooms at Wynberg Boys' High School on Thursday morning.

A fire gutted classrooms at Wynberg Boys' High School on Thursday morning.

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Classes at  Wynberg Boys' High School have been suspended until next week after a fire gutted classrooms at the school in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 4 August).

In a statement posted on their website the principal, Jan de Waal, confirms the incident.

“On Thursday 4 August in the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out in one of the academic blocks of Wynberg Boys' High School. The fire was extinguished and fortunately there were no injuries,” he says in the statement.

“The fire gutted four classrooms and an office and a further four classrooms below received extensive water damage. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Matric EGD and Art Students can come to collect their PAT and practicals via only the front entrance of the school to work from home. Until the damage has been assessed, we have asked learners to remain at home for Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August. We wish to thank the fire department, police and traffic services for their assistance,” he concluded. Pupils are expected back at school next Wednesday, after the long weekend.

Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne confirms the incident.

“The City’s Fire and Rescue Service responded to Wynberg Boys High School, Herschel Walk, Wynberg, at 01:00 this morning. The fire occurred in one of the academic wings of the school, on the 2nd and 3rd floor. The fire severely damaged the building and furniture. The probable cause of the fire is an electrical short circuit. No injuries were reported, the school was unoccupied at the time of the fire,” he says.

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