Demountable classroom destroyed in fire in Duncraig

A deliberately lit fire at a Duncraig primary school last night has gutted a demountable classroom, causing $30,000 damage.

Fire crews were called to Davallia Primary School on Juniper Way after reports the demountable classroom was on fire.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said a 000 call was received at 9.08pm and four fire crews had extinguished the blaze by 9.28pm.

“We had one from Duncraig Fire and Rescue Service, two from Osborne Park and one from Wangara,” she said.

“The cause was deliberate.”

The vandalism attack comes just one day before the start of Term 4 with students scheduled to return to school today.

In 2014, there were 3458 reports of vandalism at WA public schools, with the damage bill amounting to more than $1 million.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said local communities were encouraged to be vigilant to prevent vandalism at schools.

“Members of the public are encouraged to keep an eye on their local schools and report suspicious activity,” she said.

She said schools managed fire damage efficiently and took advice from other agencies with help from the community.

“Communities often support their schools in the aftermath of damage by vandals,” she said.

“Depending on the level of fire damage, schools make alternative arrangements for students to ensure they can continue with classes.”

Categories: Education, Emergency