An historic building at a boarding school in Essex has been destroyed by fire. About 40 firefighters have spent the night at Felsted school near Braintree, trying to control the blaze, which broke out at about 8.00pm last night.
No pupils were in residence at Follyfield House - which is a girls' boarding house - but Stafford House International Summer School were in residence and all children and staff were evacuated immediately after the alarm was raised.
A statement from Chris Townsend, Deputy Head of the school said: "The damage will be assessed over the coming days and parents, pupils and staff will be kept informed of any subsequent arrangements before the start of term, but we do not anticipate any changes at this stage."
The fire also lead to the closure of the B1417 Braintree Road for most of the night between Garnetts Lane and Station Road.