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Blaze broke out at Uppingham Community College




A blaze which broke out at Uppingham Community College may cause a 'significant setback' on back-to-school plans.

The fire, which occurred at the school during the early hours of this morning (August 26), caused damage to a three-storie block at the site in Uppingham.

Site manager Stephen Berridge responded instantly to the fire alarm and alerted the fire brigade of the blaze.

A fire broke out at Uppingham Community College this morning (August 26). Photo: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Uppingham Fire Station
A fire broke out at Uppingham Community College this morning (August 26). Photo: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Uppingham Fire Station

Headteacher Ben Solly, said: "This is very upsetting news for everyone associated with Uppingham Community College and is a significant setback towards our plans for the reopening of our school.

"The fire fighters were incredibly professional and efficient at tackling the fire and we will work with their investigation team over the coming days to assess the implications of this incident and how it will impact our reopening plans."

He added: "Whilst this event is distressing for all involved, we are thankful that no one was hurt.

"Whatever challenges we face to repair the damage, we will collectively overcome them and get back to business as quickly as we can."

The building was damaged by the fire and smoke, as well as by the water and other methods used by firefighters to tackle the blaze.

The full extent of the damage is currently unknown until a full investigation is completed.

A fire broke out at Uppingham Community College this morning (August 26). Photo: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Uppingham Fire Station
A fire broke out at Uppingham Community College this morning (August 26). Photo: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Uppingham Fire Station

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, a phased reopening was planned with pupils expected to return to the school from September 1.

Mr Solly said that it is too early to speculate on how the reopening plans will be affected, but information will be communicated with the whole school community when confirmed.



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