Lessons as usual at fire hit primary

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A SHEFFIELD school will open as normal after the half term break today despite a blaze started by arsonists which destroyed sports equipment.

Firefighters were called to Meynell Primary School, Meynell Road, Shiregreen, after flames were spotted shooting from one of the windows. The heat from the fire inside had cracked the glass.

Crews said the fire had been started in a store cupboard - which had been broken into despite a steel-clad double-bolted exterior door.

Watch manager Simon Dunker, based at Elm Lane fire station, said: “When we arrived the fire was well developed - flames were coming out of the window because the glass had cracked in the heat.

“We put a main jet on it straight away to get as much water on it as possible, and then had to ascertain whether there had been any fire spread or whether there were any more seats of fire elsewhere.

“We used thermal imaging cameras on the roof while we were waiting for somebody from the school to turn up with keys to let us in. There was quite a lot of smoke damage.”

Headteacher Colleen Carroll said: “I am pleased to say we will be open as normal.”

A police investigation into the arson attack, at 9.30pm last Wednesday, has been launched.