Derby Left Reeling After 2 Schools Gutted In 48 Hours

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

Two schools in Derby have been ravaged by overnight fires in a 48-hour period causing shock in the communities.

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The fires saw the destruction of St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Darley Abbey in Derby in the early hours of Saturday morning, and Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School in Mickleover on Monday morning.

Derbyshire police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were both at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School to battle the flames on Monday morning.

The building on Devonshire Drive in Mickleover was severely damaged by the blaze.

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Firefighters were at the scene since just before 2am and worked throughout the night to bring the flames under control.

East Midlands Ambulance Service had two crews ready on Devonshire Drive, but luckily no casualties were reported.

It was the second large-scale fire at a Derby school in 48 hours following the blaze at St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Darley Abbey.

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Firefighters spent much of Saturday night tackling the blaze at the Darley Abbey school.

Meanwhile, local residents have expressed their shock and sadness on social media.

Netizen ‘Wendy Booth’ said: “So sad. Both my sons went to Ravensdale. It was a lovely school.”

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‘Suzanne Catten’ wrote: “Schools need better alarms systems and sprinklers.

Gee-Louise Walters wrote: “Lucky none of the kids were at school when it happened.

Derbyshire Constabulary said in a statement: “The force was called to reports of a fire at Ravensdale Junior School in Mickleover at 1.45am.

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“Officers have been supporting colleagues from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service in fighting the fire – and continue to do so. At this time, it is too early to make any links between this fire and the incident at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Broadway, Derby, which occurred on Saturday, October 3.

“The joint police and fire investigation continues in relation to the incident in Darley Abbey and we would urge anyone with any information about either incident to come forward to help with our enquiries.”

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