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Fire destroys North-West Secondary School

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 September 2021, 8:00 by Denis Chabrol

The North-West Secondary School at Mabaruma. (picture from Brentnol Ashley’s Facebook page)

A late Friday night fire destroyed the North-West Secondary School, after several explosions rocked the wooden and concrete building located at Mabaruma, police said.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the security guard said that about 10:10 PM the security guard, Mark Knights, of Baranabo Hill, Mabaruma heard the explosions. Police said the man told them that he was “on duty at the front gate in his guard hut on his cellular phone when he heard three loud explosions which came from a room located on the second floor of the eastern side of the building and upon checking he saw the said room engulfed in flames.”

Police said efforts were made by the Joint Services and members of the public to extinguish the fire but in the end

He made his way to the Mabaruma Police Station and lodged a report.

On arrival and with efforts from members of the Joint Services and the public,  but in the end  most of the building, along with articles, was damaged. They include stationery, desks and benches, chalk boards, computers, laboratory equipment, and kitchen utensils.