Old Fairymead School building goes up in flames
UPDATE: FOR years the Fairymead School building housed the children of Fairymead Mill workers, with former students fondly remembering a good, county school.
And while the memories remain, the building on Bundaberg Sugar land has been reduced to ashes after an early morning fire on wednesday.
In a sad twist of fate, the historic building had been gifted to the Bundaberg Yesteryear Machinery Society and was destined to form part of a historic village and museum at Tegege.
After six years of negotiations to clear and utilise the land next to Tegege Hall, just a fortnight ago the society was granted permission and had already sourced quotes to remove and transport the building.
Society president Brian Buchbach said it had been a long term plan.
"That's all gone up in smoke now," he said.
"There are a lot of people who still live in the area that went to the school and will remember it well.
"But that's all they'll have now because it's in ashes and can't be put back together."
While the Tegege project will still go ahead, Mr Buchbach said the society had hoped to have the Fairymead School building on the site in time for its annual rally in April.
Former student and Bundaberg Regional Council's Ross Sommerfeld said it was a very sad day for all former students but he had great memories of his time at Fairymead School.
"It's sad to see - I remember four classes all being taught in the same room," he said.
"There would be a lot of people who would have liked to see it at Tegege."
While the building was vacant, about $20,000 worth of Bundaberg Sugar irrigation equipment stored below the building was destroyed and police are investigating the cause of the fire.
Bundaberg Criminal Branch Detective Acting Sergeant Col McLean said shortly before 3am the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service were alerted the blaze.
"Police Scenes of Crime and QFRS fire investigators are conducting examinations at the scene with the cause yet to be determined," he said.
Any member of the public with information relating to this fire is requested to contact Bundaberg CIB on 4153 9066 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: A SUSPICIOUS fire has destroyed a storage shed a Fairymead Mill overnight.
Emergency crews were called to the fire at about 3am this morning which engulfed the shed which was being used by Bundaberg Sugar to house irrigation equipment.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg station officer Trevor Duncan said three trucks and 10 firefighters responded to the blaze.
A crime scene was set up and is currently under investigation by officers from the Criminal Investigation Branch and Scenes of Crime.