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Three persons rescued from Mt St Joseph Prep fire

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Three adults were rescued by fire fighters from an inferno late yesterday afternoon at the Mount St Joseph Preparatory School in Mandeville, Manchester.

The institution, which is Manchester’s oldest early childhood establishment, lost a big chunk of its original structure after fire destroyed two kindergarten classrooms, a computer room, a library and staff quarters, which housed six people.

Deputy Superintendent of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Julian Davis Buckle said the department received a call at about 5:10 yesterday afternoon that the school was ablaze. A unit from the Mandeville Fire Department responded. When they arrived, the largely wooden structure, which housed the staff dormitory, was engulfed by flames.

The firemen had to rescue the three adult, who were trapped in a section upstairs the burning building, using an extension ladder. The adults were relatives of a teacher living at the quarters.

Seven water trucks supplied water to cool the blaze, while an additional fire unit from Clarendon and three private fire trucks from Windalco and Jamalco, also assisted to battle the fire.

The cause of the fire and the estimated damage are not yet known.

Chairman of the School Board, Sister Susan Fraser says the persons who occupied the staff quarters lost all their personal belongings. She says school will not be opened for classes tomorrow.