FIRE and rescue appliances from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell were today called to the scene of a classroom fire at Orara High School.
The alarm was raised around 1pm when explosions and crackling was heard and smoke noticed rising from the upstairs classroom used by staff and for woodwork and metalwork teaching.
Police and paramedics made a search but no injuries were reported.
However, extensive water and smoke damage was sustained by surrounding rooms.
The principal and a number of teachers arrived to offer assistance and initial reports are no damage was done to the work of year 12 HSC students.
The school remains in lockdown and after fire authorities conclude their work, the area will be handed over to police for forensic examination.
Any members of the public who may be aable to assist with inquiries is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.