GALLERY: Galston High students safe to return to school tomorrow, says principal

Galston High School students can return to school tomorrow after the police ruled a fire in the library was not suspicious.

But the school has asked that the return be staggered:

■ Wednesday, May 21: Years 10, 11 and 12 students return;

■ Thursday, May 22: Years 7, 8 and 9 students return.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Click on the arrow below to hear from school principal Jillian Tourlas.

Galston High School principal Jillian Tourlas discusses the fire. Video: Geoff Jones

Detective Inspector Neil Higgins, from Ku-ring-gai local area command, said: ‘‘Initially we thought it [the fire] was suspicious because the front doors appeared to be forced, but that has been ruled out.

‘‘It appears the frame supporting the door had melted in because of the heat"

‘‘It appears the frame supporting the door had melted in because of the heat.’’

Since yesterday, crime scene and fire investigators have been at the school on Galston Road investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Emergency services were alerted by neighbours to a fire in the grounds of the school about 1am Monday (May 19).

When firefighters attended a short time later they found the multi-storey library block well alight and the roof of the building already collapsed.

‘‘The intensity of the fire was such the girders were twisted out of shape,’’  school principal Jillian Tourlas said.

Investigators treated the fire as suspicious and a police guard was stationed at the school.

‘‘We still had the one building up as a crime scene as of this morning,’’ Detective Inspector Higgins said.

‘‘We’re finishing the examination today.’’

Memorabilia for Galston High School’s 40th birthday celebrations was among items destroyed in the fire, which has left an estimated $5 million damage bill.

Police have urged anyone with information about suspicious or unusual activity near the school to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: http://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/

■ Galston High is keeping its students and parents up to date via their school website

■ Pick up Thursday's Hills News for more on this unfolding story, including photos of recovered charred remains.

Return of students to school

Source: Galston High's website

Source: Galston High's website

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