A manhunt is underway for an arsonist believed to have lit one of the worst school fires Queensland has seen in decades.
The fire tore through classrooms at Morningside, 15 minutes east of Brisbane, devastating an entire community.
Almost a century of history was lost in the inferno, as three of Morningside State School’s buildings had already been swallowed by fire and they feared more could follow.
“It could’ve been far more extensive if quick and effective and professional action was not taken, as it was,” Jonas Edwards of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
52 firefighters battled for two hours before the flames finally faded.
“It spread pretty quickly and it was pretty amazing, it lit up the sky,” Neighbour Natasha Buick said.
“She told me and I was all upset, and I like school,” Ms Buick’s daughter and student, Charlie Buick said.
Police believe this was no accident and they’re investigating the possibility an arsonist lit the blaze. Te fire destroyed the music centre and classrooms for Year 3 and 4 students
The school was closed today but plans are already underway to place demountable buildings on the oval so classes can resume as soon as possible.
“It’s important that we get those students back into routine and support them on the way through as we get their school back from this terrible event,” Jeff Hunt, from the Department of Education said.
Several teenagers are currently being questioned by Police. The school is no longer a crime scene and workers have moved in to start demolishing the damaged buildings.
Meanwhile, plans are now in place for all of Morningside state school’s 477 students to recommence classes tomorrow at the nearby Balmoral State High.