Huge fire erupts at second school in same city in 48 hours as pictures show devastation
Two primary schools in the same city have been destroyed by fires in just 48 hours.
Firefighters are currently battling a huge blaze at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School in Mickleover, Derby, which broke out in the early hours of Monday morning.
The school described the fire as “severe”, with the building understood to have been damaged.
Derbyshire Live reports that a large amount of smoke is being created by the fire, so local residents are being urged to keep their windows and doors closed.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service sent 12 fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms from across Derbyshire to the scene, as well as a command unit, water carrier and welfare unit.
Firefighters have been at the scene since the early hours of the morning and are still working to bring the fire under control.
There have been no casualties as a result of the blaze, the fire service said.
It comes just 48 hours after a “devastating” fire destroyed a large part of St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, in Darley Abbey, which is just four miles away.
Firefighters spent most of Saturday dealing with the fire.
Derbyshire Live understands Derby City Council has been told there was an alarm raised at the school at around 5am over an alleged break-in.
St Mary’s School said they are “devastated” following Saturday’s large blaze.
The school tweeted: “We are all devastated by the fire at our school. Thank you for all the kind messages of support we have received. The strength and faith of our school community and Trust will help us through this difficult time.”
A Derby City Council spokesperson today said: “We are devastated that a second fire has torn through one of Derby’s schools.
“Our thoughts go out to the school’s teachers, pupils and parents who we’ll be working closely with to support.”
In a statement, Ravensdale Junior School headteacher Mrs Cannon said: “The fire this morning at Ravensdale Infants School has been contained by the Fire Service to the Infants School.
“The whole site is now closed to the public and there will be no pupils or staff permitted to access the Junior School for the time being.
“We are a close-knit school community, and the Juniors will support the Infant School in any way possible over the coming days and weeks.
“For now however, we need parents and children to stay away from the school while Fire and Police services carry out their investigations.
“Our thoughts are very much with our Infant School colleagues this morning.”
Fire incident commander Clive Stanbrook said: “We received a call at 1.38am to a well-developed fire at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School. We have had 12 appliances and 75 firefighters on the scene. Crews from as far afield as Chesterfield and Clay Cross were scrambled to the Derby school.
“We are currently damping down the building and have put the majority of the fire out.
“We have managed to protect large amounts of the school. We will be here for most of the day and there will be a fire investigation going on to determine the cause.
“We are currently keeping an open mind as to what caused it and see what the investigation tells us.
“Ravensdale Junior School is untouched but large parts of the infant school have been completely taken by the fire.”
Derbyshire Police said an investigation into the fire has been launched.
A spokesperson said: “The force was called to reports of a fire at Ravensdale Junior School in Mickleover at 1.45am.
“Officers have been supporting colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in fighting the fire – and continue to do so. At this time, it is too early to make any links between this fire and the incident at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Broadway, Derby, which occurred on Saturday, October 3.
“The joint police and fire investigation continues in relation to the incident in Darley Abbey and we would urge anyone with any information about either incident to come forward to help with our enquiries.”
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