The old school house in Paradise, near Glenorchy, which was
gutted by fire on Sunday night. Photo by Brad Crawford.
The century-old school house gutted by fire in Paradise,
near Glenorchy, on Sunday night will be assessed but it looks
unlikely it can be salvaged, the owning trust says.
"It's a very basic little one room, and it's been pretty much
destroyed," Paradise Trust chairman Tom Pryde, of Queenstown,
"There are wee bits of wall standing ... the reality is, it's
unlikely [it can be saved].
Insurance was academic as it was only a little building, he
The cabin, used by families working the Paradise scheelite
mine, was believed to be 103 years old. The estimated 7m long
by 3m wide single-room, dry-timber dwelling was not supplied
The cabin had been occupied on Sunday night by a young couple
from Auckland. No-one was hurt in the fire.
Acting Glenorchy Deputy Chief Fire Officer Lindsay Jones said
the school house was "well and truly alight" when they
It took 20 minutes to extinguish the fire and longer to
The Queenstown Volunteer Fire Brigade was called, as it was a
structural fire. However, the fire was under control by the
time it arrived at Glenorchy Fire Station and it was stood