15 Jun '11, 3am
An Adventist school in Singapore catches fire, students escape safely
KOTA KINABALU: Over 200 students had to dash from their classrooms before a fire destroyed the assembly hall and damaged two classrooms at a private Christian school in Tamparuli, about 46km from here. Sabah Adventist Secondary School Staff Alumni Association president Nasco Gabu said the fire started just before 11am. "A staff member saw smoke coming from the hall and immediately rang the bell, alerting the students," he said, adding that there were 240 students in class at the time. He suspected a short circuit might have caused the fire but said this could not be confirmed yet. Tuaran Fire and Rescue Department chief Khairul Amir Pajar Ali said an emergency call was received at 11.02am. Firemen managed to bring the blaze under control at 12.58pm. "We are still trying to ascertain the cause of the fire," he said.