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UPDATED: Exams saved after firefighters tackle severe fire at Salford college

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 19 May 2016

AROUND 40 firefighters have dealt with a large fire at Pendleton Sixth Form Centre in Salford.

Thanks to the fast actions of crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and officers who have worked with the college, all exams will continue.  

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Five fire engines were called to the campus on Dronfield Road at 10.05am on Thursday, May 19, 2016, after a fire broke out in a second-floor classroom.

Crew wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using hose reels, thermal imaging cameras and positive pressure ventilation fans.

The fire was quickly brought under control and contained to the room involved.

A further three engines were later sent to the scene to provide support.

Group Manager Peter Lamb, Incident Commander at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked hard to tackle a severe fire located in a classroom on the top floor of the college.

“It was quickly brought under control and contained to the classroom involved.

“All pupils and staff are accounted for and are safe with no injuries.

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“There is a small amount of water damage to the lower floors but we have stopped the fire spreading to other classrooms.

“We have worked with the college to enable students to re-enter the building – the electricity is back on, we have rescued the exam papers and exams will be able to go ahead.”

The college said students who have an exam today (Thursday, May 19) should stay at college to sit the exam, all other students will be sent home.

Investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.

Last update: 19/05/2016 13:58:30
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