Firefighters contained a blaze at John Paul's College in Coffs Harbour today. The fire began in a hopper containing sawdust.
Firefighters contained a blaze at John Paul's College in Coffs Harbour today. The fire began in a hopper containing sawdust.

School evacuated after fire breaks out in workshop

A FIRE has broken out at St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour, forcing the evacuation of 1100 people.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews were called to the school at 11.45 after reports of a fire.

When they arrived they found a fire in a hopper carrying sawdust from a machine in the industrial arts workshop.

Fire crews worked to gain access to the hopper and were quickly able to contain the fire, preventing it from spreading to other parts of the building, however, the machine involved received considerable damage. 

No injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.