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Crew fight through the night to save Wigan primary school

Borough: Wigan

Incident Date: 10 December 2016

FIREFIGHTERS fought tirelessly to save a primary school in Wigan last night, Friday December 9, after an outbuilding in the school grounds was set alight by arsonists.

A crew from Wigan and Hindley were called to RL Hughes Primary School, Mayfield Street, Ashton in Makerfield shortly after 10.30pm.

On arrival the crew found a well-developed fire in an out building of the school grounds, which was spreading to the main school building and requested extra fire engines to help them tackle the blaze.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used hose reels, thermal imaging cameras and water jets to extinguish the fire.

Group Manager Ben Levy said: “The crew were faced with a significant fire when they arrived and immediately requested more fire engines to help them bring the blaze under control

“The shed was completely destroyed by fire, but the crew did a fantastic job to prevent it from spreading to the main school building.

“Some of the classrooms did sustain damage but firefighters acted really quickly to salvage electrical items like smart boards to ensure they weren’t damaged by the fire.

“Officer from Greater Manchester Police attended this incident along with us and we believe this fire was caused by arsonists – if you have any information please call 101 and speak to the police.” 

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Last update: 10/12/2016 10:55:28
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