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The damage after major fire at old primary school in St Austell

The damage after major fire at old primary school in St Austell

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:13am 8th July 2020. (Updated at 9:15am 8th July 2020)

This is the scene of the damage after a former primary school in St Austell was 'engulfed by flames'.

A major fire broke out at the old Carclaze Infants School building in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Firefighters from across Cornwall have been on the scene through the night and this morning tackling the blaze.

Residents in the area have been urged to keep their doors and windows closed because of the amount of smoke.

Photos from the scene show the roof of the building has been left completely destroyed.

At the height of the fire, smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the area.

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"Expect disruption and closures for some time in Carclaze area.

"Incident being scaled back however aerial ladder platform and pumps still required to extinguish fully."

St Austell Community Fire Station

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Nearby roads are expected to remain closed for 'some time' while crews continue to fully extinguish the fire.

"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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