Classroom blaze forces closure of primary school for the day

Emneth Primary School was closed on Tuesday after a fire in a classroom overnight. Picture: Ian Burt

Emneth Primary School was closed on Tuesday after a fire in a classroom overnight. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Fire investigations will continue today after a blaze forced the closure of a Fenland school.

Crews from Wisbech, West Walton and King's Lynn South attended Emneth Primary School in Hollycroft Road from about 1.50am yesterday.

One classroom was badly smoke damaged and the school was closed for the day, but is due to reopen today.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was alerted by the school caretaker, who received a call in the early hours saying the burglar alarm had been activated.

Joe Warns, King's Lynn fire station manager, said: 'Three crews were sent at about 1.50am.

'When they arrived there was a fire well alight in a classroom. Significant damage was caused to the classroom.

'Crews were there for about one hour. Crews used hose reel jets and main jets to put out the blaze.

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'A positive pressure fan was also used to ventilate the property and a thermal image camera to check for hot spots. Investigations are ongoing and we are not sure of the cause of the fire yet.'

Alison Townsend has been headteacher at Emneth Primary School, which has about 210 children on roll, for about three-and-a-half years. She said children's books were destroyed in the blaze, which was not being treated as suspicious.

She said: 'We had a very busy day preparing to reopen the school after a small fire in a corner of one of our classrooms.

'Thankfully the damage was limited with the worst thing now being the smell of smoke so we aired the rooms and set up a temporary classroom to use while the damaged classroom is being refurbished.'

She said the smoke-damaged classroom was used by Year 4 children.

Norfolk County Council announced the school closure on its website yesterday and said it expected the school to reopen today.

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