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Primary school destroyed in devastating fire, with eight fire engines on scene

A primary school was destroyed in a huge blaze overnight.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service has launched an investigation after a school was destroyed in a dramatic fire.

Crews rushed to Woodborough Primary School shortly before 7pm on the evening of Friday, September 17.

They found the roof of the building well alight on arrival and were on the scene for several hours trying to get the blaze under control.

A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire service said as they arrived: "Because it's in the roof it's not as easy to get to as it would be if it were just the main part of the building. So we're going to be there for some time."

Locals were advised to keep doors and windows closed, and to avoid the area if at all possible.

At one point the blaze spread to a neighbouring property, reports Wiltshire Live.

In total, eight fire engines from multiple stations were needed at the scene and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to put out the blaze.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation, but believed to have been accidental.

A spokesperson for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service said: "We have remained on scene over night dampening down hotspots and monitoring the building.

"Two officers are currently en route to do a fire investigation to determine the cause and we believe this to be accidental."

There were no casualties as a result of the fire and no one was taken to hospital, the fire service reported.

Eight fire engines from multiple stations were called to the village near Pewsey, including water carriers and a fire engine from Hampshire.

The fire was so large it even spread to a neighbouring property before being brought under control.

Roads around the scene were closed throughout the incident, before the fire was extinguished and resources were scaled back.

Local Tessa Hickey commented: "Just devastating to see. Thank you for all the fire brigades who have come to help out our village school, and to the house next door. My heart goes out to all the staff and children “.

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