School evacuated in grassfire

School evacuated in grassfire

15 May 2006

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Australia — More than 200 students and teachers at a primary school north of Brisbane have been evacuated because of heavy smoke from a grass fire.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) said the grass fire broke out shortly after 2pm (AEST) at the intersection of Rammatt Road and Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, near Gympie.

A QFRS spokesman said 210 students and 15 teachers were evacuated from Chatsworth Primary School because of heavy nearby smoke.

They were taken to a school close by where they will be picked up by their parents.

Two urban fire crews and seven rural crews are fighting the blaze, which had threatened a home.

“It is no longer threatening the home and it’s best described as a grass fire rather than a bushfire,” the QFRS spokesman said.


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