Fire causes minor damage to school

18 Apr 2012

Fire crews managed to extinguish a blaze at a school in Cornwall last week after it was engulfed by 20-foot flames.

Fire fighters from Penzance, St Just, Falmouth and St Ives were called to Penzance Heamoor School, Bosvenna Way, on April 11 and had to use breathing apparatus and hose jets to control the fire. They eventually left the scene at 2am.

The school only suffered minor smoke and water damage to its interior after the crews managed to stop the flames spreading from the roof of the building. A spokesperson revealed that the classrooms were unaffected.

A 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment must be carried out on all commercial properties across England and Wales under the Regulatory Reform (fire Safety) Order 2005. Failure to do so can see the person responsible face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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