(Updated) Sekolah Menengah Bantuan (SMB) Kuching High lost an entire block to rubble and badly damaged another in yesterday afternoon fire incident.
Forty one Fire Department personnel from Batu Lintang, Tabuan Jaya, Petra Jaya and Padungan were rushed to scene upon informed of the incident. They struggled nearly an hour to contain the inferno.
No casualties were reported in the 1.05pm fire incident said Borneo Post on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said the fire took only few minutes to engulf the entire three-story wooden structure which was utilized as the school science labs, Red Crescent Society rooms and other activities. It was believed to have been constructed in 1974.
Borneo Post added, Mandra Jemali – one of the school workers told them that he first saw smoke billowing out of a room used as school’s Red Crescent Society on the ground floor.
“I had left my wallet in one of the rooms on the same floor and was on my way to retrieve it when I saw smoke coming out of the room,” he was quoted as saying by the local daily.
Another eyewitness, Rosli Morsidi, Mandra’s colleagues said he too saw smoke coming out of a block that was used as the school’s Red Crescent Society room around 1.05pm.
He then alerted his colleagues who were at the schools’ administrative building before contacting the Fire and Rescue Department.
Rosli said they managed to save various equipments including heavy duty printers, computers, and some files before the building eventually brought down to asses by the fire.
SMB Kuching High was established in 1963 according to the school official website.
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