On 23 January 2019 there was a major fire at Auckland Normal Intermediate School that destroyed the historic school hall, the technology block, a science and visual arts block, the music suite and dance /drama studio, an ESOL rooms and the school tuck shop.
A total of 90 firefighters fought the blaze which took some time to come under control. No one was hurt and the staff who happened to be on site for a Teacher Only Day evacuated quickly and with a minimum of fuss. It has been a fairly difficult time for the school as the decision was made rather quickly to demolish all the fire damaged buildings which was approximately half the school.
At the time of the fire the students were due to return for the 2019 3 working days later. With a demolition on the horizon there was a need to delay the start date by four days. This gave the school time to regroup and organise a contingency plan for replacement classrooms. The Auckland University ( Epsom Campus) has been very co-operative and supportive of the school - they have provided temporary accommodation ( teaching classrooms and specialists spaces) until their students start in March.
The Ministry of Education are also working on sourcing a number of relocatables for a longer term option until the school is rebuilt.