Fire Crews were called out at around 4.20 pm on Tuesday 21st January 2020 to the Lane Cove Public School.
The fire started in the Lane Cove Public School Hall and it was completely destroyed. The Hall includes the canteen. NSW Fire and Rescue advised that there was no damage to the other buildings.
The Crews had to run out hoses from the front of the school, the hall was well alight when the first truck arrived. In all 8 fire trucks attended. Due to the amount of smoke more trucks were called as the initial fire trucks were on approach. The crew from the Lane Cove Fire Station was the first to arrive.
NSW Fire and Rescue have advised a fire investigator was in attendance and will carry out work to find a cause and origin. There were unofficial reports from staff on the scene that it was an electrical fault.
The Hall and canteen are used extensively by the school community. This will impact the school as the new school term commences shortly.
Lane Cove residents watched huge plumes of smoke arise above the Hall and the smoke could be seen all over Lane Cove and Greenwich.
In the Cove understands that due to the quick actions of NSW Fire and Rescue the fire was contained to the School Hall and Canteen. The loss of the canteen will have a major impact on the school as the canteen serves over 24 000 meals a year.
The hall was not being used at the time of the fire. Luckily Lane Cove Public School OOSH is not held on this campus.
Fire Engines were parked in Longueville Road and Austin Street. This impacted traffic exiting from the Lane Cove Market Square Car Park.
The fire will impact not only Lane Cove Public School students but also the wider community. C3 Church Lane Cove has been using the hall on Sundays for over 20 years and their sound systems and other equipment were stored in the hall. Extracurricular activities like language lessons, drama lessons and fencing lessons are all held in the hall.
Lane Cove Public School has a very active music programme and their instruments and sheet music were stored in the hall. We understand that the instruments were insured but the band will not have a place to practice until the hall is rebuilt.
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