By Euro Weekly News Media • 12 June 2015 • 10:31
A COSTA del Sol School had to be evacuated this morning (June 12) as a fire swept toward it across farmland.Staff and pupils had to leave St Anthony’s College on the Camino Viejo del Coin between Fuengirola and Alhaurin el Grande as a precaution when the fire came perilously close to the school.Susanna Mulligan Head mistress of St Anthony´s College was in the classroom that was the nearest to where the fire started. She told The Euro Weekly News: “The children were sitting their maths exam at 11.30 am when I heard a noise which I thought was dripping water.“When I looked out of the windows facing the campo, I saw that it was a fire and the noise was the sound of dry grass burning. I then sounded the alarm and the rest of the teachers reacted incredibly quickly.“All of the children were out of the classrooms and in the car park within minutes, and everyone showed immaculate team work.”She went on to say that the fire services and Guardia Civil arrived within minutes. “They helped the teachers make sure that all children were accounted for and then they suggested that we move to the other side of the road, which is when the Racquet Club staff offered to take in the students and give them some refreshments.”She added: “Meanwhile the fire services worked efficiently to conquer the fire, and luck was on our side as the wind changed, pushing the fire away from the school. I am so proud of my staff for showing their assertiveness in this situation.”Afterwards Susanna commented: “The children normally enjoy a swim in the pool on a Saturday, but the fire helicopters have used the water! Thank goodness we had that to help put out the fire.”Susanna and her staff would like to give a huge thank you to the fire services, the police, the Racquet club and also the residents of La Cala Hills who offered their immediate help.No one was hurt in the fire, the cause of which is unknown.
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