Two-day closure for Rushden school after classroom fire

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A school has been forced to close following a fire in one of its classrooms.

Firefighters were called after a fire broke out at South End Junior School in Wymington Road, Rushden, on Wednesday.

No-one was injured, but the school has been closed yesterday and will remain closed today (Thursday) so the building can be aired to get rid of the smell of smoke.

A message posted on the school’s Facebook page said: “Thank you all for your understanding regarding the fire incident which took place this morning in school.

“I can assure everyone that no-one was hurt and the fire was contained in one classroom.

“However, the whole school has been impacted by the smell of dense smoke.

“This unfortunately will mean the school will remain closed tomorrow in order for staff to fully air the building and professionals to come in and clean.

“The fire was situated in Dahl classroom.

“Please reassure your child that their classroom will be rehoused in the ARTs Hub for Friday.

“The fire investigators have confirmed the fire was caused by a self-contained electrical fault.

“All safety checks have been carried out and deemed the building to be safe.”

The message, which was signed by the school’s executive headteacher Noel Springett-McHugh, also thanked parents and staff for their support and understanding.

It said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to you all for your understanding and best wishes.

“Our school is very special to everyone of us and it is heart-warming to see as a community how we pull together.

“A special thanks to all our staff, Mr Huck, South End Infant School and of course the Rushden Fire service.

“Without all of these working tirelessly together in a calm and professional manner we may well have been in a very different situation today.”