Faulty Car Engine Blamed For Guilford College Fire Near Hobart

Crews say no one was injured

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ABC News: Luke Bowden

A faulty car engine is to blame for the fire at Guilford Young College in north Hobart on Monday.

The blaze quickly became out of control, issuing an alert from Tasmania Fire Service after black smoke was seen around the school grounds.

Fire crews were dispatched to the Glenorchy catholic college, working effortlessly to contain the blaze which significantly damage the trade and training centre.

Vehicles and other items complicated the efforts to contain the fumes, as four crews arrived on the scene.

CCTV footage show smoke coming from a car in the workshop, quickly followed by flames underneath the vehicle.

TFS said in a statement it "started from an overheating engine compartment in a car that was being stored in the building".

"The engine compartment of a car caught fire a short time after it was driven into the workshop, and the fire quickly spread to the rest of the building, fuelled by gas cylinders, cars, and workshop and building materials," said Regional Fire Investigator, Station Officer Adam Doran.


"Fire crews contained the fire to the school's trade training centre building and were successful in stopping it from spreading to other parts of the school, with the added support of Hobart Fire Brigade's new aerial firefighting platform."

The damage and cost of the fire is projected to be in the multi-millions range.

Officer Doran said "thankfully, no one was in the building when the fire started, and no one was injured".


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23 March 2022

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