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Primary School Fire Close to Causing an Explosion

A primary school fire broke out on Tuesday 4th September in Dagenham, London.

The primary school fire began shortly before 5:00 am on the Tuesday morning at one of the largest primary schools in England. Twelve fire vehicles and around 80 firefighters from across London were called to the Roding Primary school which subject to flames. The blaze was finally quelled by 7:49 am after the London Fire Brigade’s best efforts.

The school has two campuses, one near Cannington Road and the other on Hewett Road. The Hewett Road site being where the primary school fire completed blackened and gutted the building.

Coincidentally, the students were scheduled to return to school after the summer holidays, the following Wednesday subsequent to the fire.

The school over both campuses holds around 1,300 students and describes itself as:

“One of the biggest primary schools in the country”

Firefighters were returning from inside the school building with blackened faces due to the extent of the heavy smoke. Luckily, no injuries were reported as a result of the primary school fire outbreak. However, the fire brigade moved quickly to remove and cool a gas cylinder as fears of it exploding were apparent.

Spectator footage of the school ablaze can be seen below.

Unfortunately, due to the extent of the damaged caused in the primary school fire, the Hewett Road site was forced to close and was unable to be reopened for the rest of the week.

The exact cause of the fire was unknown at the time of the incident and has not yet been divulged.

Lee Drawbridge, London Fire Brigade’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, remarked that the school may have been saved if the building had a sprinkler system installed:

“London’s firefighters are called to more than 80 fires in schools every year and in most cases, sprinklers are not fitted. – Meaning millions of pounds are wasted repairing fire and water damage.”

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