1,400 evacuated in school fire

KAJANG - Some 1,400 pupils and teachers of SRJK (C) Yu Hua ran out of their classrooms yesterday afternoon when fire razed the top floor of the three-storey school building.

No one was hurt in the incident but the library and teachers' meeting room were destroyed.

Principal Teh Ting Oin said all 1,400 pupils in the afternoon session were in class when the fire broke out about 3pm.

"The pupils and teachers were evacuated to SK Kajang across the road."

The school will be closed for the rest of the week for repairs.

A Year Three pupil said he was in a classroom, a floor below the meeting room, when he heard an explosion.

"We saw thick smoke coming out of the meeting room. As the fire raged, we were told to leave the building," the pupil said.

The school then contacted parents, informing them of the fire and telling them to take their children home.

Kajang Fire and Rescue Department chief Ariff Mohamed said the fire started at the teachers' meeting room on the top floor.

"The entire floor was destroyed," he said, adding that it was investigating the cause of the fire.

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