An investigation is under way into what caused a building of Upper Hutt College to suffer “extensive” damage after a fire broke out on Sunday evening

Emergency services were called to the blaze just after 11pm, which had ignited in a wing of the technology block.  

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Crews from throughout the city battled the blaze, which was brought under control several hours later. 

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At its hight, seven fire trucks along with four support vehicles were fighting the fire. 

Fire communications manager Chris Dalton said one appliance remained at the scene on Monday morning. 

“It was early intervention which stopped the fire being worse than it was,” he said. 

A fire investigator had been at the scene on Sunday evening, and would return on Monday to try and determine what led to the blaze. 

Fire crews at the scene of a fire at Upper Hutt College on Sunday evening.

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Fire crews at the scene of a fire at Upper Hutt College on Sunday evening.

They will be assisted by police and the Ministry of Education. 

A post on the Upper Hutt College Facebook page from principal Judith Taylor said the fire had caused extensive damage. 

“We have had a serious fire at the college, late Sunday evening. The fire was contained to one wing of the Technology Block and has caused extensive damage to part of the block T1-T4.”

“We will be working hard on Monday to ensure the area affected is secure, the school is safe for students to return, and that teaching and learning is affected as little as possible.

Fire and emergency crews at the scene of the fire.

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Fire and emergency crews at the scene of the fire.

“I’m aware that students may be concerned about their work and the impact of the fire on their studies for NCEA – this will be a priority for us to manage.” 

No students would be at school on Monday due to a pre-scheduled break, but a decision would be made later on Monday whether the school would be open later in the week. 



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