Posted by Gold FM on 13/12/2012
It may not be Friday the 13th but Thursday the 13th of December will be a black day for well known Waihi teacher and Hauraki District Councillor Max McLean.
Today is Max's last day at Waihi College after 37 years of teaching at the school and he is devastated by the loss of the treasured possessions he had in the room. A photograph of Sir Edmund Hillary signed by the New Zealand legend is gone forever along with other treasured momentos.
The alarm was raised at 10.34 this morning and the Waihi Fire & Rescue Service rushed to the school to see the classroom engulfed with smoke. Chief Fire Officer Moe Stevens said reports of a loud explosion can probably be attributed to a fibrolite type of material used in the construction of the older prefab classroom.
The cause of the fire is not know yet and investigations are taking place to establish how the fire started.
No-one was in the building at the time as they had their last school assembly happening in the hall with the College about to close today for the summer school holidays.
We saw Max McLean three hours after the fire and he was visibly shaken and hugely upset.
Our best wishes go to Max and the students and staff at Waihi College.
Thanks Karen Takimoana for the photographs.
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