“Fires are raging, hundreds of people are looting and police are shooting bullets and tear gas,” he said.
The Salvation Army’s Boroko School, which teaches children from preschool through to Grade 8, was closed as a safety measure.
“The fire is literally 50 metres away — our drain saves us,” Alley said. “We’ve arranged to get staff home. Senior staff will remain to secure our building and property”.
Ms Testh, who works at the Mapang Missionary Home a few blocks away, told AAP she drove to a meeting and found the main roads cordoned off when she returned.
She saw armed personnel stopping cars and pedestrians from entering the area.
The disturbances reportedly occurred after a fire in a supermarket yesterday spread to other nearby buildings and set off looting. Ms Testh said she had been told that two more buildings caught fire today.