Primary school in Wiltshire seriously damaged by fire 'overwhelmed' by community support

Eight fire crews were called to tackle the blaze. Credit: Devizes Fire Station.

A primary school in Wiltshire that was seriously damaged by a fire over the weekend has said it has been "overwhelmed" by the support of the community.

Nine fire crews were called to tackle the blaze at Woodborough Primary School, near Pewsey, at about 7pm on Friday.

It is believed that the fire started in the roof of the building.

A statement from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said that crews attended from Pewsey, Devizes, Westbury, Marlborough, Amesbury, Calne, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Salisbury along with Swindon's aerial ladder platform.

The fire is believed to have started in the roof of the building. Credit: Devizes Fire Station.

In a statement posted on the school website it was confirmed that the primary school would be closed throughout the week whilst the damage is assessed.

"During the evening of 17th September our school building was damaged by fire. The damage has resulted in the loss of two classrooms, the staff room and some other areas of the school," the statement said.

"Our primary focus is the safety, welfare and education of our pupils and we are currently working hard to ensure continuity of education provision. The school will be closed during the week commencing 20th September.

"We will rebuild and continue to provide high calibre education. The Woodborough magic will prevail!

"We want to say a sincere thank you to all the emergency services who attended the fire; they risked their lives to minimise the damage to our buildings and adjoining property. We are sincerely grateful to them."