Students evacuated after fire at college

Fire appliances at the scene today.
Fire appliances at the scene today.
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FIREFIGHTERS have been at a Sheffield school this afternoon responding to reports of a blaze.

The blaze on Olive Grove Road, Lowfield, was reported at about 12.30pm today and about 100 students and staff members were evacuated.

Firefighters said the fire was only small, but produced an ‘amazing’ amount of thick black smoke which filled part of the building. Four fire engines were sent to the scene because of fears the blaze had spread to the ceiling.

Watch manager Steve Womack said the cause was still under investigation, but it is believed the blaze started after a toilet roll holder in the boys’ toilets was set alight - causing the plastic casing to go up in flames.

He said: “It caused a massive amount of thick black smoke which damaged the room and the ladies’ toilets next door.

“Initially, we couldn’t locate the seat of the fire, because the smoke was so thick and the cubicle door was shut, so we thought it was out of order.”

Four firefighters used breathing apparatus to locate the blaze and a hose reel to extinguish it.

Police officers were also sent to oversee the incident and direct traffic.

A police spokeswoman said: “As a safety precaution the college was evacuated.”

No-one was hurt in the incident.