Firefighters battle school blaze

Firefighters tackling the fire at Darton High School

Firefighters tackling the fire at Darton High School

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FIRE crews tackled a blaze at an empty South Yorkshire school - but could not enter the building amid fears it could collapse as flames took hold.

Around 20 firefighters were called to Darton High School in Kexborough, Barnsley, after fire broke out in a science block.

The school was empty after pupils moved into a new building, one of Barnsley Council’s advanced learning centres, and the fire happened on the same day pupils attended the new school, called Darton College.

Crews from Barnsley, Royston and Cudworth attended the scene on Churchfield Lane after being called out at around 2.15pm.

A dangerous structures engineer was called due to concerns part of the school could collapse.

Simon Dillon, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s incident commander, said: “The structural engineer assessed the building and confirmed that it was too dangerous to let our crews enter. We tackled the fire from outside the building using jets.”

The cause of the blaze has been recorded as “doubtful”.

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