22 Jun 2012
Some 200 primary school pupils in south Wales were evacuated from classrooms after a blaze earlier this week.
Firefighters arrived at Betws Primary School, close to Bridgend, near the end of the school day. The blaze had already taken hold in the junior classroom, which contains the school’s computer lab.
The school was completely evacuated and parents collected their children as fire brigades from across south Wales doused the flames.
The building was severely damaged but other blocks including the nursery, infant classrooms and Flying Start free childcare facility are thought to have been out of the fire’s range.
A spokesperson for Bridgend Council said that the school has now reopened but the Flying Start service would remain closed for the time being.
“This has been an upsetting incident for all pupils, and staff and council officers are arranging support for those children who need it,” the council said.
“The council is grateful for the prompt response of school staff and the emergency services. Council officers are on the scene and will be working with the police and fire service to find the cause of the blaze and secure the area.”
Copyright Press Association 2012