FORGED TOGETHER: Warwick businesses help community recover
THE Warwick community was forged together by fire today after a number of local businesses volunteered their time and resources to help those involved in a shocking fire that engulfed a classroom and administration building of Warwick East State School.
As young school students evacuated onto the oval, screaming and crying, they were greeted by icy poles, juice, craft and hats courtesy of the local Bunnings team.
Teacher Chontelle Bruton wiped tears from her eyes as she described how grateful staff were for the help.
"It was phenomenal,” she said.
"The icy poles distracted the children and calmed them down.
"It was so beautiful to see them come in here and do what they can to help the children and the staff in such a frantic situation.”
Activity officer Malcolm Vivian coordinated the effort, first checking with the school for permission before returning with a station wagon full of goodies for the students.
Relief teacher Rachel Leslie estimated that barely 10 minutes had passed before the hardware crew were on the scene.
"They stepped up, helped out and looked after the kids,” she said.
"That's community for you.”
Just across the road, Steele's Bakery delivered healthy sandwiches and cold drinks to emergency services personnel.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Emergency and Fire Services said the team was incredibly grateful for the kind donation.
"It kept our firies going,” she said.
"Especially because it was a pretty tough job.”
Bakery owner Gail Steele said her team was shocked to see the school building on fire.
"It was a terrible sight,” she said.
"The first thing you think about is everybody else and you hope that everybody is safe, including our fireys.”
Mrs Steele said she didn't have any problem helping out and that her only concern was that the team had enough food to go around.
"There's always more people to help out than what you think,” she said.