Fire at Christ Church Secondary School forces suspension of classes for rest of week

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Firefighters have been praised for containing a Wednesday afternoon blaze at the Christ Church Secondary School, which is located at the Middle and Camp Streets, Georgetown. 

The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) responded to reports of a fire and on arrival at the scene, smoke was seen emanating from the building.  

Due to the Guyana Fire Service’s quick response and diligent work, the source of the fire was identified, and it was contained.  

Based on preliminary investigations, the fire started in the school’s science laboratory.  

Investigations are currently ongoing.  

Present at the scene were Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn; Prime Minister Mark Phillips; Minister of Education Priya Manickchand; Public Affairs Minister Kwame McKoy; Chief Fire Officer Gregory Wickham; Commander Police of Police Division 4A, Simon McBean; other Senior Police Officers and public-spirited citizens. 

The school remains closed for the rest of this week. Classes will resume on Monday, January 9. 

Over the past year, three public schools have been destroyed by fire. They are the North Ruimveldt Secondary School and the St George’s High School, both in Georgetown and the Mabaruma Secondary School, in Region One (Barima-Waini).

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