A primary school in South Gloucestershire was destroyed by fire, even as investigations continue.
A spokesperson from the local fire department said that the cause of the incident, which happened on Saturday, January 30, is still unknown. Firefighters were dispatched to Pucklechurch Primary School on the same day at 4:59 PM. According to the spokesperson, three fire engines, two from Yate and one from Temple, attended the scene.
The spokesperson said that firefighters discovered that there was a lean-to shed fire at the building, with smoke logging impacting the central school building. Also, the equipment for outdoor play was destroyed in the fire.
The firefighters left the scene at 7 PM, but the source of the fire is still unknown at the present; investigations are still underway.
On its Facebook page, Pucklechurch School PTA has written a post regarding the incident. The post said that they are happy to know that no one was injured in this fire incident. The school went on to say that the fire caught Year 1 classroom and the surrounding classrooms need immediate assessment as a result of smoke damage.
Consequently, the school had to close its doors for early year students for investigation and damage assessment purposes. The learning activities for Year 1 and Year 2 have been moved to virtual lessons using Google Classroom.
A fundraising site has been organised after the incident, which has so far raised over than £4,400. All the money raised from the fundraising page will be donated to the primary school in order to replace damaged essential school equipment.
The school’s PTA stated that they are overwhelmed by people’s generosity. Luckily, there was no casualty in the fire incident. However, the school’s PTA is upset with the incident damaging the beautiful school.
Furthermore, they are still not allowed to undertake any cleaning process to the site until the authorities let them, which is believed to take some time.