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Site ‘left safe and in the care of police’ after fire damages Sixth Form building – with no injuries to students or staff

posted 21 Nov 2014, 06:29 by Rob Jukes   [ updated 24 Nov 2014, 01:14 ]

Erdington Fire Brigade responds to fire at Greenwood Academy Sixth Form centre on Thursday 20th November

At 21:40 on Thursday 20th November, Erdington Fire Station responded to a report of a fire at Greenwood Academy’s Sixth Form centre – previously known as The Astral Centre.

No Greenwood Academy students, staff or visiting personnel were injured in the incident, with the last people leaving the Astral Sixth Form centre at approximately 6pm.

On arriving at Greenwood Academy, Watch Commander Atwell and his team identified the source of the fire as a Nissan Micra which was parked next to the Sixth Form – reporting “a fire which had spread to a ground floor office of a two story building.

Using three hose reel jets and one covering jet, fire fighters were able to successfully douse the blaze and ensure no further damage to the Sixth Form building or local property.

Three fire fighters equipped with breathing apparatus then carried out a closer inspection of the inside of the Sixth Form centre, where the fire had “caused 100% damage to an office, with smoke and water logging affecting the rest of the building.”

No structural damage to the building was reported, with the “scene left safe and in the care of the police” by Erdington Fire Brigade – following a routine examination and assessment by the service.

West Midlands Police are currently investigating the incident and issued the following statement: “Police have launched an investigation after a car was set alight on a car park at Greenwood Academy which spread to the building causing extensive damage.

Officers are reviewing CCTV and examining the scene for forensic opportunities. Anyone with information should call police on 101 or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”

Greenwood Academy Principal, Harry French, made the following statement: “We can confirm there was a fire on the Academy grounds on Thursday evening (Nov 20th) which damaged parts of the Sixth Form building and contents. Most importantly no one was hurt or injured. The building was not being used, with both our students and staff having left hours before the incident.

Watch Commander Atwell and his team from the Erdington Fire Brigade stopped the fire and any potential further damage – officially declaring the building safe before handing over to the police.

Greenwood Academy continues to work with all relevant authorities investigating this matter, requesting anyone with useful information to contact the police.”