Fire damages local school

A fierce fire this week caused destruction to a school in Wolverhampton, highlighting the importance of fire detection and alarm systems.

Several areas of Elston Hall Primary School in Fordhouses were destroyed by the fire, which broke out at around 20:00 BST on Monday night (August 16), a council official revealed.

“We can confirm that the blaze affected a corridor, four teaching/community rooms, three administration rooms and the school library,” said Marc Webb, the council’s children and young people sites and buildings manager.

Only two fire engines responded to the incident initially, but when the scale of the “rapidly developing” blaze, which is estimated to have affected around 15 per cent of the building, became clear, the number rose to around eight.

Wolverhampton City Council has said it expects the school to open as planned for the autumn term despite the fire, which has resulted in the arrest of an 11-year-old on suspicion of arson.

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