Mosman Park Montessori School fire causes $200,000 damage but classes to go ahead

MOSMAN Park Montessori School principal Rhonda Sheehan says classes are unaffected after an apparently accidental fire destroyed an old demountable classroom used as a store at the Curtin Avenue school about 6am this morning.

“It was the best outcome in the end, as it was contained fire and no one was hurt,” Ms Sheehan said.

The fire gutted the store in the older part of the beachside school, bowing its walls and causing $200,000 damage.

Ms Sheehan said the fire “looks accidental” but she would not say if an intruder or homeless who live near the school may have been involved.

Beachside coffee van operator Justin Murphy was the first to see and report the fire when he arrived at a car park opposite the school about 6am.

“I jumped two fences and had a look, and there were flames throughout the building where the walls were already starting to sag,” Mr Murphy said.

He attempted to control the fire, but could not find a garden hose at the school.

Fire appliances from Claremont, Fremantle and Daglish fire stations attended, before the fire was extinguished by 6.30am.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the cause of the fire was considered accidental, but a fire investigation officer may examine the destroyed store later today.