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Warwick Preschool to reopen after fire

Warwick Preschool is set to open today as scheduled, despite a fire on the property yesterday morning.

But the Ministry of Health announced that the Warwick Health Centre — located in the same building — would not be open for baby clinic services today or Saturday.

The Ministry blamed the closure on smoke damage and the investigation into the cause of the fire.

A spokesman said: “The ministry would like to apologise to the public for any inconvenience.

“Clients may attend the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton, between the hours of 2pm and 4pm while the clinic is closed.

“They may call 278-6460 if they require further assistance.”

According to Sergeant Allan Wilkinson, a spokesman for Bermuda Fire and Rescue Services, officers received reports of a structural fire at the school at about 7.15am.

He said: “Two firefighters entered the premises wearing breathing apparatus. Upon entry, the preschool and clinic areas were heavily smoke-logged.

“Firefighters focused their efforts on ventilation, as the fire was smouldering. Inquiries are being made as the cause of the fire is under investigation.”

The Department of Education said the school will open for an initial group of students as scheduled, while a second group are scheduled to start class next Monday as previously arranged with parents.

Kalmar Richards, Acting Commissioner of Education, said: “I am very grateful to Department of Education staff, the Preschool Administrator and staff who were on-site since early this morning to access the situation, implement contingency plans and notify parents.

“Any additional communication will be made directly with parents by the Preschool Administrator, DeRosa-Holder and her team.”

Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education and Workforce Development, thanked the team for their quick response.

He said: “The Education team has responded swiftly by putting plans in place to provide a safe and clean environment for students.

“I wish to thank the administrator, staff and parents who have assisted with getting the school ready for our students.”

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Published September 10, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 10, 2018 at 9:00 am)

Warwick Preschool to reopen after fire

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