UPDATED: Fire at Havercroft School

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A FIRE at Havercroft J&I School has forced children to relocate for their SAT examinations.

The school has been closed in full after the fire broke out at 11.30pm last night (Tuesday).

Elaine McHale, Wakefield Council’s corporate director family services, said: “Havercroft Junior and Infant School is today closed due to a fire yesterday evening.

“The fire was isolated in the staff room, ICT suite and corridor areas.

“The exact extent of the damage is yet to be determined, but appears to be limited.

“The School Improvement Adviser is providing support today to ensure that SATs can continue for pupils in Year 6.

“Wakefield Council is supporting the School to ensure that it can reopen as soon as possible.”

Fire crews from Wakefield and Hemsworth attended the blaze.

Hemsworth fire station watch commander Mark Rust said: “They managed to contain the fire to the staff room.

“However the building was heavily smoke logged and we need to use 3 positive pressure fans to ventilate the building.

“The damage to the building could have been vastly reduced if the fire door in the corridor had been closed.”

Year six pupils have relocated to the Havercroft Children’s Centre for alternative arrangements for their SATs.