Howard State School's lost property set on fire

HOWARD State School's lost property stored on wire shelving near the main building was set alight overnight but fortunately the fire did not spread.

Principal Dave McGucken said the school was lucky to escape with little damage.

"There was a minor fire near the main building but luckily, it's burnt itself out," he said.

The outcome could have been far worse, the 100-year-old building is home to the school's administration block, several classrooms and a support room.

"Fortunately, there's little more damage than a black mark on the timber," Mr McGucken said.

He said the items incinerated were likely to be from the lost property collection, but it was hard to tell.

School ran as usual at the school on Thursday.

"With school holidays coming up, we hope the community will keep an eye over the grounds and report suspicious activity to SchoolWatch," Mr McGucken said.

Police are investigating the possible wilful damage incident and Maryborough police Sergeant Kevin Cooper said anyone with information which might assist in the investigation should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.