Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2020

Nottingham school fire: Black smoke seen for miles as blaze erupts | UK | News

A raging inferno has been pictured at Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton, Nottingham.

The blaze is thought to have erupted on Thursday afternoon, shortly after midday.

Long Eaton Fire confirmed that everyone inside had been evacuated.

They said: “The school has been evacuated and everyone is safe and accounted for.

“Firefighters from Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Ascot Drive with an aerial ladder platform are being supported by firefighters from Nottinghamshire’s Arnold, Highfields, London Road, and Stapleford stations.

“A command support unit and water carrier are also assisting the incident from Leicestershire.

Harrington Junior School issued a statement and said they are “heartbroken”.

It said: “Our beautiful, vibrant school is on fire.

“No children in school today. All safe. 

“Emergency services attending. Please stay away to help. I am heartbroken.”

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The fire can be seen ripping through the school as people post videos on social media.

One Twitter user said the smoke from the fire could be seen around 12 miles away in Smalley.

Oliver Record posted a video on Twitter and claimed the whole school was “ablaze”.

He wrote: “Harrington School in Long Eaton up in flames.

“The entire building seems to be ablaze.”

One person said the smoke was “so bad it’s blocked out the sun”.

Hayley Norris wrote:So bad it’s blocked out the sun. 

“Hope everyone is safe, Harrington School, Long Eaton.

Erewash Response Unit urged people to avoid the area and said Derby road is currently closed in both directions and traffic on Petersham Road is heavy.

Eddie Bisknell, from Derbyshire Live, said the school “sits close to Wilsthorpe School and Parklands Infant and Nursery School but these are not affected.”

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