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MetiNews.Com - Teachers watched in tears as the roof collapsed after being destroyed in the fire

UK news Duxford Primary School fire - everything we know so far last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Teachers watched in tears as the roof collapsed after being destroyed in the fire

UK news Duxford Primary School fire - everything we know so far last minute news
01 August 2020 - 08:40

Breaking News ! Last night (July 31) emergency services battled a huge fire that engulfed a primary school in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Fire crews, followed by police were called to Duxford CofE Community Primary School in St John's Street at 8.26pm. It was just a week since pupils had broken up for the summer holidays, and a leavers' event was still planned to talk place there. Currently there have been no reports of injuries, and given the time it's not believed anyone was in the school at the time of the fire. More than 50 firefighters attended the scene with crews staying late into the night fighting the blaze. The last crew left at just before 5.30am, nine hours later. Flames tear through the primary school Crews from Huntingdon, Gamlingay and Ramsey attended the scene alongside Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire based firefighters in a combined effort of four counties' fire services to save as much of the school as possible. Sadness as 'ferocious' flames engulfed school Witnesses told how there had been only a wisp of smoke at first but within minutes the school's roof had transformed into a fireball. One resident said: "It literally kicked off within minutes, two hours before fire crews finally stopped spraying water." With another responding: "Oh my goodness, I can't believe how ferocious it is! Still so shocked and saddened." Pictures from the scene show flames ripping through the school's roof leaving behind just the bare bones of the building's structure behind. The preschool's roof has been entirely destroyed (Image: CambridgeshireLive / Warren Gunn) Residents told to keep windows and doors shut Residents said that the roof of the preschool area and one of the main classrooms had been completely destroyed in the fire. Large crowds had gathered by the school gates watching, with some teachers watching in tears as the roof collapsed.

. Heavy black smoke was also filling the air and on the hottest day of the year so far, and as a result local residents were told to close all their doors and windows and stay indoors. Police officers protect the scene on Saturday morning (August 1). (Image: CambridgeshireLive / Warren Gunn) Investigation launched into cause of fire An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire with police tape and investigators spotted at the scene this morning. A fire service spokesman said: "At 8.26pm on Friday (July 31) crews were called to a fire on St John's Street in Duxford. "Around 50 firefighters attended the incident. Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire in a single storey building used as a primary school. Duxford Primary School fire: Pictures show flames ripping through school as 50 firefighters tackle blaze View gallery Read More Related Articles Duxford school fire: Live updates as blaze tears through primary school "Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets and checked the area for hot spots using thermal imaging cameras. "Crews were present throughout the night to ensure the fire was out and the scene was safe. The last crew left the scene by around 5.30am. "An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire." Plans are in place to start a fundraiser to help rebuild the school, although it's unlikely to be fully restored by September when students return for the new school year.

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UK news Duxford Primary School fire - everything we know so far last minute news


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