Long Eaton school roof blaze creates huge smoke plume
May. 28, 2020
A fire in the roof of a junior school has sent huge plumes of black smoke into the sky.
Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze at Harrington Junior School, in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, which broke out at about 12:10 BST.
Videos on social media show thick smoke can be seen for miles around the site.
In a statement, the school said there were no pupils in the building at the time but staff had been left "heartbroken" by the blaze.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said everyone was "safe and accounted for".
Image copyright Dave Holloway Image caption One eyewitness said he could hear "small explosions" coming from the site
Dave Holloway, 42, has two children at the school and said they were both upset.
He added: "If the building is unsafe and unstable and the kids can't go back that will be awful.
"My children are both very much looking forward to going back to school as soon as they can."
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