Tuesday, August 19, 2014

School fire

Monday morning we got a call saying that there was a fire at the Aiyura High school.  This is a high school for nationals and not the school our kids go to.  We got there about 8:15 and found out that one of the girls dorms was on fire.  It had been going for about a half an hour when we got there.  We immediately started spraying it with our 1 1/2" hose and had started to get it under control when we ran our of water in the tank on our fire truck.  We tried pumping water from a couple of water tanks but they soon ran dry.  We had to drive the truck to a nearby stream to fill the tank and unfortunately the fire roared back to life and engulfed the whole building while we were gone.  We also cut the PVC water main that supplies the campus and let it fill a ditch and used a pump to spray the fire.  At this point we were just trying to keep it from spreading to nearby buildings.  The 5 of us spent about 5 hours fighting the fire and were exhausted by the time we were done. 

Nobody was injured in the fire but the 45 11 and 12th grade girl who lived there lost everything they had.  There is a collecting being taken up to help the girls. 





The back side of the dormitory
One of the rooms engulfed in flames.  Don't worry, I just took this picture through the window and didn't actually go into the building while it was burning. 
The intense heat melted everything anywhere near the fire. 
Me putting out the hotspots
This is one of the other dorm buildings taken a few years before the fire.
The girls laundry burnt while hanging on the line
This is what was left after we put the fire out

The intense heat even melted the glass from the window slats

One of the guys found this Bible in the remains







2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am sorry to hear of the loss for the girls at this school. I'm praying for your continued safety and peace as you serve in PNG. Mike R.

The Saucer said...

Hi Paul,

Sorry to hear about the fire that destroyed the girls dorm at the high school. What an adventure. We will be praying for the girls and those involved.
I love the pictures you post, it makes us really feel like we are there.

Blessings - Jenny H