Dave John from West Midlands Fire Service reports that on Thursday 1st May, at about 4pm, a fire started in an IT room at an 85m x 40m, single storey, Primary School in Friar Park, Wednesbury, West Midlands. There were about 100 pupils and staff in the school at the time.
The fire, understood to have started in a cooling fan, was first tackled by staff with an extinguisher and blanket before one sprinkler head operated on the schools system. The fire was confined to the room of origin and reported as ‘Out on Arrival’ when crews from the two mobilised appliances assessed the situation.
Reinstatement of the affected area took up to 6 days with about £30k of damage being reported. The Head-teacher at the school related how damage and disruption could have been much worse as the fire could potentially have spread to affect a large proportion of the school.