Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) have been called out to a second school fire in just three days.
Second school fire in Derbyshire in three days: They were alerted to the second fire at Ravensdale Infant School in Mickleover at 1.38am on Monday. And a spokesman has said that although the fire had caused “extensive damage” it was now under control.
Twelve fire engines, 2 aerial ladder platforms, a command unit, water carrier and welfare unit all attended the scene from across Derbyshire. The fire service have said that there were no casualties due to the fire being during the night. This second incident follows a fire at St.Mary’s School in Darley Abbey. Which is just 4 miles away and resulted in the whole building being lost.
Police have said that it is too early to know if the 2 fires are linked but an investigation is ongoing. Area manager Clive Stanbrook commented on the Mickleover fire saying. “Firefighters from across Derbyshire have been working hard since early this morning fighting the fire at Ravensdale Infant School.”
Crews worked swiftly to control the spread of the fire, with the fire now under control. However, sadly, large parts of the infant school have suffered extensive damage. We expect to have a presence at the fire throughout the day. “Tragically this is the second school fire in Derbyshire in less than 48 hours. With St Mary’s School in Darley Abbey being destroyed by a severe fire on Saturday morning.” Gavin Tomlinson, Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer, said that everyone is shocked and saddened that the county has seen a second devastating school fire. And that crews from DFRS had been fighting the fire throughout the night.
He has asked residents that live near the infant school to keep windows and doors closed due to smoke from the fire.
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