Part of Gamble High hostel damaged by fire

2017-08-17 06:05
Gamble hostel after the fire.          PhotoS:supplied

Gamble hostel after the fire. PhotoS:supplied

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Learners from Gamble High School in Uitenhage, whose hostel rooms were damaged in a fire last week, are all safe and sound.

This comes after a fire broke out in one of the dormitories on the second floor of the hostel just after 19:00 on Wednesday, August 9th.

“The extensive smoke damage on the second floor extended to other dormitories,” said the Eastern Cape Department of Education’s spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima.

The local fire department was called to the scene to deal with the fire.

“Luckily all the learners were in the dining hall when the fire broke out as it was their study session, so they were all safe,” he explained.

He added that the learners were accommodated in the dining hall.

“The disaster management section in the Nelson Mandela Bay was contacted for assistance with mattresses and blankets because many of the mattresses and blankets were soaking wet from the fire extinguishing process.

“As the Department, we would like to thank the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality disaster management for their quick response to save the school building and for their commitment and support to the school during this period.”

Mtima said the department would work hand in hand with the school to address the matter.

“We have dispatched an infrastructure team to conduct an assessment so that we can provide a targeted rehabilitation process of the damaged areas so that learning and teaching can resume as soon as possible.”

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