Four classrooms at Christchurch’s Russley School have been gutted by an early morning fire. Emergency services were called to the blaze at Russley School on Cutts Rd, Russley, about 7.10am on Tuesday. One witness said flames could be seen from the street.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman Darryl Ball said the school was “well-involved” in fire when four crews from Christchurch central, Wigram, Harewood and Redwood stations arrived.

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Rooms 1-4, which accommodate the school’s year 7-8 students, were well involved, with smoke billowing out the classroom doors and flames visible from the roof. One of the first on the scene was Donna Barbet, who was walking her dog past Russley School at around 7.15am.

Flames leap from classrooms at Russley School in Christchurch. photo/stuff

“I heard a loud bang … it wasn’t as loud as an explosion but it was a definite loud bang sound,” she said. “Then I smelled smoke and saw flames, so I quickly called 111 and waited until the first fire trucks arrived.”

Smoke from the fire was visible from the street. photo / stuff

By 8.30am, the fire was mostly under control but crews were still working to dampen down hot spots. According to the school’s Facebook page, students have been asked to “stay away until further notice”.

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Featured Image- Firefighters dampening down a classroom block. photo / stuff

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