SADDENING: There was extensive damage to the administration and music block.
SADDENING: There was extensive damage to the administration and music block. Mick Doyle

DALBY FIRE: Support flooding in for Dalby State School

UPDATE: A decision has yet to be made as to whether Dalby State School will open its door tomorrow after the fire that burned through the administration, and music blocks.

Principal Mona Anau said that two demountable class rooms were being trucked from Toowoomba to assist the rescheduling of classes.

Support has been pouring in from across the region, as the community comes to grip with this morning's event.

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud offered his support late this morning.

"I've been in contact with my ministerial colleagues and the school's principal to make sure every support is offered to the community during this difficult time,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Today, ANZAC Day, we come together and commemorate those who served and sacrificed for our nation and it would be a despicable act if someone has intentionally lit this fire.”

Residents have been in Cunningham St since the early hours of the morning, offering support to one another in what is an emotional time for many.

Local resident Angela Stimson has had a long history with the school. Mrs Stimson's mother and grandmother attending Dalby State School and so do her two children.

Mrs Stimson said it was a sad time for the town.

"There are a lot of memories not only for us but for the teachers that have their resources gone so it is very sad,” Mrs Stimson said.


It was the news that shocked the town of Dalby this morning, as residents woke to the knowledge that a fire had caused extensive damage to Dalby State School.

The music block, as well as administration has been decimated in what is being investigated by police as a deliberate act of arson.

Dalby State School principal, Mona Anau, said she was working towards a plan for classes tomorrow.

"At the moment we cannot say for sure what we are doing about tomorrow,” Mrs Anau said.

"There is also damage to two of our class rooms so we obviously will not be putting students in there, and their will have to be fencing around the school tomorrow as it is a crime scene.

"We are thinking of bringing in some portable classrooms and offices and I will talk to my manager about that.”

Some residents have already offered their assistance, asking what can be done to help the school.

"If the community wants to help out then probably books, paper, pens and other stationary items would be lovely,” Mrs Anau said.

"What is most important to us at this moment is making sure the electricity is working and the phone lines, because we will need them tomorrow,” Mrs Anau said.

The room of office supplies was damaged as well as the data hub of the school, that connects all of the students laptop.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Neil Fanning estimated that there could be as much as $1 million worth of damage.

A decision will be made later today as to whether the school will open its doors tomorrow.

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