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Big fire breaks out at old Cornish primary school

Big fire breaks out at old Cornish primary school

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:00am 8th July 2020. (Updated at 10:26am 8th July 2020)

Firefighters from seven towns across Cornwall are battling a blaze at an old primary school building.

The fire broke out at the old Carclaze Infants School near St Austell in the early hours of Wednesday morning and crews say the building was 'engulfed in flames'.

Teams from St Austell, Mevagissey, Fowey, Newquay, Lostwithiel, St Dennis and Launceston are all on the scene.

They were called just before 2.30am and say good progress is being made in tackling the fire.

Residents in the Carclaze area are being urged to keep their doors and windows shut because of large amounts of smoke.

There are likely to be closures in place on Carclaze Road for some time.


"Currently the service has six pumps plus support vehicles in attendance at a building fire. Good progress is being made at this time."

Update at 4.54am: "There are currently 8 major appliances in attendance and this incident with supporting vehicles and an area ladder platform. 

"Officers at the incident are asking that members of the public in the Carclaze area keep their doors and windows closed due to the on going incident."

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

"Police have assisted the fire service with road closures. 

"These were in place at Carclaze Road's junction with the A391, Phernyssick Road and the Tregonissy traffic lights.

"This has since been restricted to Carclaze Road only."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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