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Sherburn School Fire Causes School Closure

A Sherburn School fire broke out last night (2nd July) at around 11:50 pm in Selby, North Yorkshire.

The Sherburn School fire, just off Garden Lane in Elmet was called into the authorities at 23:54 pm last night. Firefighters from all across North and West Yorkshire including aerial ladder platforms from both Leeds and Harrogate attended the blazing school scene.

The comprehensive high school holds over 1000 students from aged 11 to 18 years. The disruption has occurred, just before students are due to head into their summer holidays. North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue made their best efforts to keep the burning gymnasium under control to prevent the spreading of fire onto the main school buildings.

North Yorkshire Police Operational Support Unit have disclosed that the fire may have originated in the school’s changing blocks within the school’s gymnasium building. Images from the incident have shown the building to be well alight and now severely damaged.

The support unit commented on the Sherburn School fire at 3:00 am this morning via social media saying:

“At this time it looks like the school changing block that is damaged. We will [know] more in the morning”

North Yorkshire police asked people to avoid the area until it is deemed safe. Sherburn High school announced that due to the ‘serious’ fire, the school has been completely closed for at least today.

Residents have raised their concerns after seeing the area flooded with flames and plumes of smoke. Locals and parents whose children attend the school have expressed their shock and concerns over social media.

Due to the extremely hot weather, a greater risk of a repeated outbreak is a big concern to fire crews. As a result, two crews will stay on site throughout today to ensure any hot spots do not flare up.

A full investigation into the exact cause of the Sherburn School fire will take place during the daylight hours of today.

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Original Sources: Minster FM News | North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue GOV

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