A fire destroyed the woodwork block at Whangamata Area School
It took firefighters in eight trucks from Whangamata,
Opoutere, Pauanui, Tairua and Waihi at least an hour to bring
the blaze under control, north fire communications shift
commander Scott Osmond said.
The fire service was called to the blaze about 11am.
Woodwork teacher Bob Pipe said the woodwork room was locked
at the time and no one was inside when the fire started.
Principal Ross Preece said everyone was "fine" and it was
fortunate everyone was out on the sportsfield at the time.
He said a staff member had been in the workshop building at
the start of the day but it had been locked ever since.
- Bay of Plenty Times