24th Feb, 2021

More than 30 firefighters battled severe blaze at Droitwich primary school

Droitwich Editorial 25th Jan, 2021 Updated: 25th Jan, 2021

MORE than 30 firefighters tackled a severe fire at St Joseph’s Primary School in Droitwich which broke out in the early hours of this morning.

After arriving at 1.45am, crews used water jets and compressed air foam to extinguish the flames.

Firefighters attended a fire at St Jospehs Catholic Primary School. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0421004MMR2

Crews will remain there today to ensure it does not ignite.

It is not yet known how the blaze began and fire investigation officers are currently at the scene in a bid to ascertain how it started.

Area Commander Ade Elliott said: “Upon arrival, our crews were faced with a single storey building that was well alight.

“Fortunately, the fire has now been brought under control by our firefighters.

“We are still dealing with the incident and will remain at the scene today.

“I’d like to thank all of the emergency services and other agencies for their hard work throughout the night.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service and police also attended the incident and Ombersley Way was closed off but it has since reopened.

A message on the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School website said the school would be closed until further notice.

Coun Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, said: “We have been made aware of a fire in the early hours of this morning at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Droitwich.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at West Mercia Police and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service for their swift attendance to the site and are extremely grateful that no one was injured.”

He added the council was working with the school and partner organisations to find a short-term solution to support pupils to continue their learning remotely and consider the long-term options for fully reopening the school.

“The damage is still being examined by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and we aim to have the school ready for staff and pupils to return safely to site as soon as possible.”

Fund-raising page set up to help St Joseph’sclick here for the full story.

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