More than 300,000 children were at risk of being at risk after a serious fire ripped through a suburban Brisbane school, with more than 1,000 in hospital, police and fire authorities have confirmed.
The blaze at the Blakesford School in suburban Brisbane was caused by a single faulty ignition switch and was the latest in a series of fires that have destroyed schools across Australia.
“We believe the fire was started deliberately and we are working to establish whether the cause of the fire is terrorism or not,” police said in a statement.
Schools across Australia have been hit by at least two fires in the past three weeks.”
It is vital that everyone who is at risk is properly protected, we are asking for everyone to leave their homes immediately.”
Schools across Australia have been hit by at least two fires in the past three weeks.
On Sunday, a car crashed into a classroom at Melbourne’s Central School before breaking through a wall.
On Monday, a fire ripped out at the University of Queensland campus, destroying the main classroom and damaging more than 150 classrooms and offices, with a further 140 students at risk.
In Queensland, two people have been killed and 11 injured after a bushfire engulfed a house in Melbourne’s CBD, killing two people.
Firefighters are trying to identify the second person, who is believed to have fled the house.
Authorities in Western Australia said they had been told that a man had left a note on his balcony urging residents to stay at home and stay away from their properties.
More to come.
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