Nayland College buildings on fire
Blaze breaks out at Stoke schoolEMMA BEER
Flames engulfed Nayland College's horticulture growing area this evening, requiring a callout of four fire engines and a command unit.
Crews from Stoke, Nelson and Richmond fire services received a call about 7pm tonight regarding a fire on the school's grounds.
School principal Rex Smith said the fire had now been put out.
The fire service was unsure at this stage how or where the fire had begun, he said.
A shed in the horticulture growing area had been alight and the fire service was still dampening the area down.
To his knowledge there had been no one inside the shed at the time, he said.
Stoke deputy fire chief Allan Hoult said while the fire was mostly contained to the horticulture growing area there had been a slight spread to the automotive shop. That had been quickly contained and extinguished though.
Fire crews did have a slight issue with the water supply early on, but once there was water on the main fire it was controlled reasonably quickly.
There were no obvious signs of the fire's cause but Mr Hoult said it was early and he was not able to say if it was suspicious or not.
Firefighters would be going into the area to check it out tonight and it was likely a fire safety officer would be on the scene tomorrow.
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