400 pupils evacuated after fire in St Albans school

PUBLISHED: 16:39 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

ABOUT 400 pupils got a surprise afternoon off lessons today (Wednesday) after a fire broke out in the roof of their school. Firefighters were called to St Albans Music School in Townsend Drive, which is also used by the adjacent Garden Fields JMI School,

ABOUT 400 pupils got a surprise afternoon off lessons today (Wednesday) after a fire broke out in the roof of their school.

Firefighters were called to St Albans Music School in Townsend Drive, which is also used by the adjacent Garden Fields JMI School, at about 10.30am.

An electrical fault started a blaze in the roof of the music school where a number of the classrooms are used by the primary school during the day.

Children and staff in both school buildings were evacuated immediately.

Four fire crews went to the scene, including two from St Albans, and they worked quickly to contain and put out the blaze, which only caused minimal damage.

Children returned to classes at around 11.30am but their parents were asked to collect them in the afternoon in order for the electrical fault to be fixed.

Speaking late yesterday afternoon, Garden Fields JMI headteacher Terrie Clifft said the electrical problem had not yet been fixed and she did not know if the school could open on Thursday.

She said that the fire service had praised how well the children evacuated the building.


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