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Infant school destroyed by fire

Firefighters said they will "salvage what they can" from the remains of an infant school in Essex destroyed by fire.

The John Ray Infant School in Notley Road in Braintree caught fire yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

Around 50 firefighters were involved in the operation to extinguish the blaze.

Crews reported this morning (Sunday) that the blaze was out, but firefighters remained at the scene.

Notley Road has been reopened to traffic.

Senior Divisional Commander Danny Fearn said: "It is likely that the entire infant school building will be destroyed but we have tried to salvage what we can from the building."



Body found in Cambridgeshire house fire

The body of a man has been discovered in a house fire in Cambridgeshire.

The fire service was called to a blaze at a home in Kingsmead in Littleport at around midday on Sunday August 18.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said they were working with the fire service to discover how the fire started.

A spokesman said: “The body of a man was discovered in the property. The death is currently being treated as unexplained and investigations will continue this morning.”

Family escape house fire thanks to smoke alarm

A family of four had a dramatic escape this morning, after climbing down the drain pipe of their home in Pott Row near King's Lynn, to escape the flames.

The blaze is believed to have been caused by a faulty tumble drier. But crucially one very important piece of equipment was working: The smoke detector - and it probably saved their lives. Watch Stuart Leithes' report.

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