Fire at Devon Intermediate

"They won't be using the library tomorrow,"

Last updated 14:49 12/02/2013
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Firefighter at work at Devon Intermediate

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Five students have been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at New Plymouth's Devon Intermediate this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 2.20pm.

Students and teachers were evacuated at the same time police were cordoning off an area on St Aubyn St as they hunted for a gunman in the area.

The gunman was seen walking home with the gun after trying to sell it and was later found at his house by police.

A reporter at the scene of the blaze said smoke was billowing from the windows of the three-storey building.

"There's firefighters with breathing apparatus climbing ladders and they have hoses on the building," she said.

The room is a new building which houses the library and a student reception.

Assistant Area Commander John Nicholls said the fire started in the top floor of the library and was discovered by a staff member.

Mr Nicholls said the building was heavily smoke logged and it would take a couple hours to put it out and clear the building.

"They won't be using the library tomorrow," he said.

It's not known how the fire started.

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