Sekolah Menengah Bantuan (SMB) Kuching High Principal Thomas Lau who rushed to the scene after being informed of the incident could only watch as firemen battled to save the main building from being destroyed yesterday.
Lau said he and several of the school staffs, workers were at the school earlier in the morning before they all went out for lunch, leaving only handful of them behind.
He said he was thankful that no one was injured and added the school preparation for the on-going STPM examinations would not be interrupted as result of the incident.
“We are very concerned as several important documents including students’ records, data were destroyed in the fire,” he said.
It would take them several days to ascertain the total amount of losses according to Lau.
“We need to search thoroughly the ruins to see what had be lost or destroyed,” he said.
Several VIPs including assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah and Larry Sng, Sarawak Teacher’s Union president William Ghani Bina who is also the school’s teacher were among those who rushed to the incident scene.
Fatimah said her main concerned was the safety the students and also the school preparation for the new term.
“Of course safety of the students was our main concern but fortunately there was no examination held today (yesterday) in the school,” She said.
Fatimah also said since the school was a government-aided school, they can approach the Education Ministry for rebuilding fund.
Meanwhile the State Fire and Rescue Department Operation Director Mohd Shoki Hamzah said low water pressure had initially hampered the fire-fighting operation.
But they swiftly solved the problem via relay piping with several fire hydrants from various locations nearby.
*Reporting by Gary Adit (BP) and edited by Bintulu.Org