Police investigating school blaze
A FIRE that caused more than $100,000 worth of damage at a Ballina school is thought to have been deliberately lit.
The blaze gutted the seniors’ toilet and cleaners’ block at Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon West Drive early Tuesday.
The fire was initially thought to have been the result of an electrical fault but a crime scene was established at the site and Lismore detectives and Fire Brigade investigators were investigating the cause of the blaze.
Investigators were yesterday keen to speak to the driver and passengers of an old white sedan, with maroon or dark pink strikes along the sides, seen in the vicinity of the school in Richmond Drive shortly before the blaze.
Two young men and two young women thought to have been travelling in the car may be able to assist police with their inquiries.
Police officers from Lismore spotted the blaze at about 2.55am Tuesday while attending a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity
The officers notified NSW Fire Brigade units before attempting to extinguish the blaze themselves.
Firefighters from Ballina were able to contain the fire before it spread to other buildings at the college. However, the block was extensively damaged and the cost of repairs is estimated to be more than $100,000.
Emmanuel Anglican College principal Heidi O’Brien said it was disappointing to see such destruction so close to the start of the school term but said the school would manage.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Ballina detectives on 6681 8627 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.