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Ormskirk school fire: Pupils told not to attend as blaze rips through classrooms

Pupils and staff have been told not to come to school this morning after a huge fire ravaged three classrooms within the building.

Six fire engines attended the blaze at around 7.30pm on Thursday and remained at the scene for several hours.

The fire crews, including some from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, were sent to Asmall Primary School on Tennyson Drive in Ormskirk after reports were received that the building was ‘well alight’.

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A spokesperson for the fire service said: “The building was well alight when firefighters arrived at the scene and crews were working using breathing apparatus and hose reels to bring the fire under control.

“The fire involved three rooms within the building and firefighters brought it under control using breathing apparatus and three main jets.”

Tactical support was provided by the Lancashire aerial support unit, to help crews extinguish the flames.

By 9.30pm firefighters had brought the fire under control and were stripping back in places to check for signs of hidden fire spread.

They remained in attendance for several hours.

Posting on Twitter, Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston said: “Crews currently working inside the school in breathing apparatus to bring this fire under control.”

Just after 9pm, CFO Johnston tweeted again: “This incident is now beginning to scale back.

“Good work from initial responders, officer and support crews.

“Fire investigation underway.

“School being supported to activate their business continuity plans.”

A later update from the fire service stated that the school would not be open on Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the brigade said: “Please be advised that the school will not be open tomorrow and any families needing more information are advised to visit the school website.”

It is not yet known how the fire started but an investigation is now under way.