School closed after blaze

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2013

Fire fighters at Hugh Sexey's Middle School in Blackford.

Fire fighters at Hugh Sexey's Middle School in Blackford.


A SOMERSET school remains closed after a fire in one of its classrooms yesterday (Wed).

Six fire engines were called to Hugh Sexey Middle School in Blackford after reports of a blaze at around 10.45am.

Two crews from Cheddar were initially sent to tackle the flames in the school roof and another four crews from Burnham and Wells were then sent to help.

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

The electricity supply to the school was isolated by Western Power to help the fire service and the teams were helped further by a command vehicle from Street.

Headteacher Jenny Venning told the Mercury the staff were made aware of an electrical fire in one of the old classrooms, which is part of the old building, and that everyone was evacuated from the school within minutes.

She said: “All the children are fine and were put into isolated rooms away from the main building.”

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