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Bush fires force students out Vance River school

By Cecily Asson Saturday, February 16 2013

Hundreds of students attending the Vance River RC Primary School, Guapo had to be evacuated yesterday as smoke from a bush fire enveloped the building.

Anxious parents had to cautiously make their way through the thick clouds of black smoke to pick up their children, Newsday learnt.

The bush fire broke out behind the school just after midday yesterday, and staff quickly moved the students to safety at the nearby church building. However, and as the smoke spread to this compound the students were again removed to a resident’s yard.

“The fire and smoke were really bad. The entire village was affected by the smoke and the fire fighters had a hard time bringing it under control,” a parent told Newsday.

Units from the Point Fortin Fire Station responded and up to late yesterday were dousing the affected areas with water.

Commuters along the Solomon Hochoy Highway were also affected by several bush fires. Fires along the highway caused a major traffic pile up as drivers became blinded by the smoke and had to turn on head lights to proceed safely.

And in an unrelated incident, Guapo police are investigating a fire at Fifth Lane, Vance River that left Dianne Davis homeless. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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