Alliance MKs Safe after Fire Destroys Classrooms

fire-destroys-classroomsA fire demolished a wall and part of the ceiling at Dalat International School in Malaysia, causing water and soot damage that essentially destroyed the classrooms. During his rounds the morning of April 18, a security guard noticed smoke coming from the roof. The fire department responded quickly, and all students and faculty are safe. However, all textbooks, computers, furnishings, student work, and personal effects in the classrooms were ruined.

Investigators believe that an outlet shorted and sparked the fire, possibly the result of a rodent chewing on the wires inside the wall. Insurance adjusters have begun work on determining an estimate for replacing the damaged contents and structure, and a contractor has submitted a quote for rebuilding the classrooms. “It will take approximately four weeks complete the work so that the classrooms can be used again,” said Karl Steinkamp, the school’s director, in a letter to parents.

Steinkamp expressed gratitude for God’s protection and commended Dalat staff members for their professional and Christlike response to the crisis. He also thanked students and parents who gave up free time to help in the clean-up effort. “Dalat is a community, and it showed today in a way that makes me proud,” he wrote. “Please keep those most directly affected by [the fire] in your prayers in the coming weeks.”

What You Can Do  

Praise God that the entire building was not destroyed and that the learning resource/special services and guidance areas were left untouched. Also, praise the Lord for sparing the student dormitories. Thank Him that this happened when no students or staff members were put in harm’s way.

Pray for God’s mighty provision in replacing lost and damaged items as well as His comfort and peace.


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