Flaming Hero

A fireman, Michael Jones, 25, suffered severe burns to 50 per cent of his body following the outbreak of a school fire at Carlton End Primary School between 1pm and 2pm today.

Mr Jones was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and remains in a critical condition.


Art building where the fire at Carlton End Primary School occured.

A two-storey art room was completely burnt down. Fellow station officer William Short said the room was filled with smoke and that “Jones had only been in the job for a couple of months. This is a tragic blow to the brigade, not to mention his family. I believe his wife is to give birth to their first child shortly.”

Twenty two children playing near the entrance of art-room were safely evacuated while three students had been unaccounted for. The school has been able to contact one of the parents who said that their child had unexpectedly returned home for lunch and the boy has said that his friends went to the local pool.

“While truancy is on no level to be encouraged, I am hopeful the missing boys will return home soon… Our thoughts are now with the fire officer who risked his life to ensure the safety of students who is now in hospital in what I believe is a critical condition,” said principal Mr Herbert Scollo.

Two other fire officers in hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is unknown but it is suspected to be an electrical fault.


Let’s have a blast


Nuclear development may be the cornerstone for enabling Australia to be among one of the world’s superpowers.

John Nukem told the The Northern Suburbs Liberal Club last night, “Australia needs to develop its resources and markets to the point where some of the great nuclear powers become dependent on Australia’s continued viability as an industrial nation and supplier of power needs.”

By endorsing uranium mining and processing, Nukem believes that Australia would become a necessity for other world superpowers. 

It may also be essential for Australia in order to defend itself against potential attacks.

Not only does the advancement of nuclear technology in Australia provide national security against world powers, it also is expected to give jobs for millions currently in school as nuclear blasting could boost mining operations; in turn making them more economical as well as generating harbours large enough to withstand more ships within the Australia shoreline.

Nuclear development could be the cheaper alternative to be used as power as opposed to the NW natural gas proposition in The Pilbara.

Nukem makes no mention to the implications nuclear blasting may have on the environment and where such testing will take place in Australia.