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Fire crews leave scene of school fire after 24 hours

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 15 April 2016

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) crews have now left the scene of a blaze at Cromwell High School in Dukinfield after almost 24 hours.

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The fire at the school complex, which crews were called to at around 3.30pm on Friday, April 15, was contained by the early evening, but firefighters remained on site into Saturday to dampen down the severely affected areas and salvage what they could.

The fire involved the ground floor and roof space and firefighters used multiple jets, hose reels and breathing apparatus to bring it under control. 

At the height of the fire there were ten fire engines and an aerial appliance dealing with the incident, which saw certain sections of the high school – particularly the roof – severely damaged.

Thanks to the hard work of firefighters in containing the fire and carrying out salvage operations, the other schools in the complex – Yew Tree Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School and Oakdale School – were unaffected, with Astley Sports College only suffering minor damage.

Group Manager Phil Nelson, who was in charge of the incident, said: “Firefighters worked really hard to save as much of the building as possible.

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“Thanks to the hard work of our crews we hope the school can resume lessons as soon as possible.

“Roads around the area were closed for some time and we’d like to thank the public for their patience while we resolved the incident.”

GMFRS met with partner agencies, including Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Tameside Council, on Saturday morning (April 16) to discuss getting the school open as soon as possible.

However, it will remain shut on Monday and Tuesday (April 18 and 19), with more information to follow. 

All other schools in the area will remain open as usual.

Fire investigators have worked with GMP to investigate the cause of the fire, which is being treated as deliberate.

Last update: 16/04/2016 14:37:04
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