A primary school has been destroyed by a fire just days before it was due to reopen to some pupils following the UK lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The BBC reported that Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, was wrecked by the blaze, which started at 12.10 BST on 28 May.
Luckily, there were no pupils on site when the fire started, although staff have said they are “heartbroken” by the devastation. Dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze, with two requiring hospital treatment for injuries they sustained while trying to put out the fire.
The news provider revealed that many of the buildings on the school grounds were seriously damaged in the fire. An investigation will begin into the cause of the blaze as soon as it is safe to do so.
In Scotland, the Highland Council has recently come under fire for refusing to reveal which schools in the Highlands don’t have sprinkler systems fitted.
The Ross-shire Journal reported that the majority of schools in the region don’t have sprinklers fitted, with just 23 out of the 200 schools said to have these fire safety systems in place. However, the Highland Council won’t reveal which schools don’t have sprinklers because of concerns over fire raising.
The news provider sought the information about sprinkler systems after a faulty laptop caused a devastating fire at Park Primary School in Invergordon earlier this year.
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