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South Gloucestershire school forced to close following fire

The school will not open on Monday following a fire over the weekend. Credit: Callicroft Primary School

A school in Bristol has been forced to close following a fire.

The hall and a neighbouring room have been damaged at Callicroft Primary School in Patchway.

Fire crews tackled the blaze just after 4am on Sunday 3 March. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue

The school's fire alarm system, electricity and water supplies have all been affected.

No one is believed to have been injured.

The Police and Fire Service are working together to determine the cause of the blaze, which broke out at around 4am on Sunday (3 March).

The school's hall has been damaged by the fire. Credit: Callicroft Primary School

The school's Headteacher Mr Clark has thanked parents and the local community for their support. Writing on the school's website he said:

Firefighters were called to the school in the early hours of Sunday morning to tackle a fire. It has caused some damage to the school hall and an adjacent room. The fire was quickly extinguished.

We have taken the decision to close to all pupils on Monday 4th March. This is because the incident has damaged our fire alarm system which we need to be operative if we are to have people on the school site. It has also affected several utilities, including our water and electricity supply, which are essential for us to be able to have the children in school.

Investigations are taking place today to ascertain the cause of the incident and we are working with the relevant organisations to ensure that we can open again as soon as possible. We will continue to update parents and staff via email, text and here on the website as we have further updates. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve matters.

We would like thank our staff, parents, the fire and police services, and members of the local community who have been so supportive thus far. We are immensely grateful for all the offers of help and supportive comments. We are grateful that no one was injured and that the response from our families demonstrates what a brilliant community we live in here in Patchway.

– Mr Clark, Headteacher
The fire has affected water and electricity supplies. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue