Crews battling fire at school

PUBLISHED: 11:28 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:38 23 January 2013


SIX fire engines were today called to battle a blaze at a Somerset school.

Crews were dispatched to Hugh Sexey School in Blackford after the alarm was raised at around 10.45am today (Wednesday).

The school was evacuated as two crews from Cheddar arrived on site to tackle flames in the school roof.

A further four teams from Burnham and Wells were later sent to help, along with a command vehicle from Street.

Crews had to strip off roof tiles to secure access to the blaze, which is thought to have originated from an electrical fault.

Western Power isolated electricity supplies to the school buildings to help fire crews.

Headteacher Jenny Venning told the Mercury: “We were made aware of an electrical fire in one of the old classrooms, which is part of the old building.

“We were then told to evacuate the building. Everyone was out within minutes, and all the children are fine.

“The children were put into isolated rooms away from the main building.

“We are now in the process of getting them home as there is no electricity in the school.

“We don’t know what will happen tomorrow - the school will probably be closed because we have no electricity.”

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