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School Fire - Ravensdale Infant School

Firefighters are currently dealing with a fire at Ravensdale Infant School, Devonshire Drive, Mickleover.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service received a call to attend the fire at 01.38 hours this morning.

There are no casualties involved in the incident.

Due to smoke from the fire, local residents are being asked to keep windows and doors closed and to avoid the area.

12 fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms from across Derbyshire are in attendance, supported by the command unit, water carrier and welfare unit.

Area Manager Clive Stanbrook said: “Firefighters from across Derbyshire have been working hard since early this morning fighting the fire at Ravensdale Infant School.

“Crews worked swiftly to control the spread of the fire, with the fire now under control, however sadly large parts of the infant school have suffered extensive damage. We expect to have a presence at the fire throughout the day.

“Tragically this is the second school fire in Derbyshire in less than 48 hours, with St Mary’s School in Darley Abbey being destroyed by a severe fire on Saturday morning.

“Both fires are now under separate investigation and we will continue to work jointly with our police colleagues to investigate the cause of each of these fires.”

Crews are in attendance from: Nottingham Road, Alfreton, Ripley, Ilkeston, Melbourne, Clay Cross, Crich, Duffield, Kingsway, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Ashbourne and Nottinghamshire’s Stapleford.

No further information is available.

night time shot of school ablaze lone firefighter hosing down classrooms burnt out remains of one of the school classrooms