Sawston: Fire At Village College

Around 40 firefighters were called to deal with a fire at Sawston Village College in Cambridgeshire.

Crews were called to a fire in the roof of a public library attached to the college at around 2:15pm today (Thursday).

Firefighters closed nearby New Road while fighting the fire.

The building was substantially damaged but crews had the fire under control by around 5pm.

There were no reported injuries and all staff and students were accounted for.

According to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, the fire is not believed to have been started deliberately but a full fire investigation will be carried out tomorrow (Friday).

Maurice Moore, Area Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "This was a fire in the library of the school. 

This building was attached to a house at one end and the school at the other.

Firefighters worked extremely hard to put in fire breaks at either end of the library and stopped the fire from spreading." 

Cambridgeshire County Council has confirmed the school will be closed tomorrow (Friday) but is expected to re-open on Monday.

A Cambridgeshire County Council statement reads: "Sawston Village College will be closed tomorrow, Friday, September 7, after a fire on the site today. 

Details about the closure will be updated on Cambridgeshire County Council's website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The school hopes to re-open as soon as possible. 

The public Library has been severely damaged in the fire at the college and will be closed until further notice. 

Alternative provision for library services are being arranged. 

Once arrangements have been finalised details will be released by the County Council. 

The library was not open today."

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