A school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties and autism was hit by a fire earlier this week, but the quick thinking of teachers and maturity of students meant there were no injuries.Treetops School in Thurrock, was evacuated at 13.20 GMT yesterday as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service quickly attended the scene.
Around 270 of the school's pupils - aged between three and 19 years old - were led to safety by staff and the school will now be closed until Monday at the earliest (March 18th). Headteacher Paul Smith said how proud he was of the pupils for how well they dealt with the situation, while also expressing his relief that the school remains intact. "The children realised it was a real situation and they behaved impeccably," he explained. "There was no panic and the staff of the school were marvellous. We regularly have fire drills and this really paid off.
Non-domestic premises, including schools, in England and Wales must have a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison. For further information on fire risk assessments for schools click here.
A popular Cheshire nightclub was destroyed by blaze for a second time.
More than 50 firefighters spent last night tackling a huge blaze at a famous bar and restaurant in Alderley Edge, Cheshire - and many remain there today.
Emergency services were called to Panacea night club at 22.30 GMT last night after reports of flames seen at the London Road venue, which is a popular hot spot for celebrities.
Nobody was injured in the conflagration, but local roads were closed until very early this morning as fire safety officers continued to inspect the site. Crews remain at the scene and are currently investigating the cause of the blaze with Cheshire Police, who are appealing for witnesses to the incident.
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Arsonists who set fire to a Grade II-listed mansion in Somerset have been jailed.
Stuart Walter, 23, of Lympsham, Nathan Goldfinch and Marcus Tancock, both 20 and from Weston, and Liam Grant, 19, of Cheddar all pleaded guilty to arson.
The "particularly dangerous" fire, at Sandhill Park, cost Devon and Somerset Fire £30,000 to deal with, Taunton Crown Court heard. The judge said it was an "extreme case of mindless vandalism, planned and carefully executed". Tancock was sentenced to a total of 27 months for arson and dangerous driving. Walter and Goldfinch were sentenced to 12 and 18 months respectively for arson. Grant was sentenced to a total of 21 months for arson and two counts of fraud.
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A man's body has been discovered following a fire in a house in south-west London. Fire crews were called to Holroyd Road, in Putney, at about 05:00 GMT.
The first floor and the loft conversion was alight and 21 firefighters took three hours to put the blaze out. They then found the body of the man. An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched by the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police.
Twenty-seven patients, including three infants, were led to safety following a late-night fire at a hospital. Firefighters were called to Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Friday after a small blaze was reported in a room off the unoccupied outpatient ward.
Smoke affected two other wards leading to the evacuation of patients but there were no reports of injuries. Three infants from an adjacent special care unit were also evacuated as a precaution. They were returned to the unit after the fire was extinguished. The remaining patients are being cared for elsewhere at the hospital.
The exact cause of the fire is being investigated but it is thought to be accidental. Three fire crews from Wrexham and one from Johnstown were called to the hospital at 23:39 GMT after staff raised the alarm. Firefighters found a small fire on the ground floor which was extinguished. Smoke had travelled up to the first floor of the building affecting mainly two wards which were evacuated.