Demolition work starts on school library destroyed in fire

A fire broke out at Freeston Academy in August last year.
A fire broke out at Freeston Academy in August last year.

Demolition work has started on a school library which was destroyed in a blaze.

A fire broke out at Freeston Academy in Normanton just as pupils arrived to collect their GCSE results in August last year.

Fire at Freeston Academy. Credit Lucy Carter

Fire at Freeston Academy. Credit Lucy Carter

More than 50 firefighters from across the county were called to tackle the blaze, which left the library gutted.

As fire crews fought the blaze pupils were allowed the collect their results from the school’s sports hall. No-one was injured and the fire was extinguished later that day.

Demolition work to remove the building is expected to start on Monday, and the work could last between six and eight weeks.

A statement from the school said: “A demolition company have been contracted to carry out the work, and will ensure that the building is removed safely and securely, prioritising the welfare of our students, staff and local residents.

“All demolition work will take place within the security fence which has already been erected around the fire-damaged building.

“Plans for the future of the building are still being finalised, and will be shared as soon as they become available.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents, carers and students for their continued support.”