‘Devastating’ fire destroys school building in Derbyshire

A "devastating" fire has ripped through a Derbyshire school resulting in the "total loss" of a building, the fire service has said.

Six fire engines spent the day tackling the blaze after they were called to St Mary's School in Darley Abbey at 5.24am on Saturday.

Derbyshire fire and rescue service said: "On arrival firefighters were met with a well-developed fire."

Residents have been advised to keep their doors and windows closed, due to the volume of smoke in the area.

The school said that it was devastated by the incident.

St Mary's tweeted: "Thank you for all the kind messages of support we have received. The strength and faith of our school community and Trust will help us through this difficult time."

Gavin Tomlinson, chief fire officer at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Another devastating school fire total loss of the building despite fantastic efforts by crews from @DerbyshireFRS.

"We need to protect vital buildings like this with sprinklers. With support from @NFCC_FireChiefs. I will continue to lobby for sustainable change within legislation."

Road closures were put into place around the school.