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School rises from lightning ashes

A Dorset school badly damaged in a fire reopened its doors to students today.

Lytchett Minster suffered a million pounds worth of damage after what's believed to be a lightning strike a fortnight ago.

Teachers and pupils are still in shock because the flames destroyed exam coursework they'd spent months preparing.

Sally Simmonds reports and speaks to drama students Laura Murray and Sarah Warbiss, art student Elliott Arnold and deputy head Helen Stevens.

Pupils to return to school after fire

Lytchett Minster School fire
Lytchett Minster School caught alight after being struck by lightning

Students are returning to their fire-damaged school today. The arts block at Lytchett Minster School in Dorset was struck by lightning. Demolition work is taking place to make the building safe - but due to a lack of classrooms not all pupils will attend every school day.

Lytchett Minster School in Dorset
Lytchett Minster School in Dorset

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Firefighters still at scene of school fire

Lytchett Minster School Credit: ITV Meridian

Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze in Dorset - that destroyed Lytchett Minster School - near Poole. The cause is thought to be a lightening strike - but no-one was injured.

The art block was completely destroyed - and all the coursework inside has been lost - the damage is estimated to be around 1 million pounds. It's the second time the school has been devastated by fire in past decade.

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