Staff and pupils evacuated after fire breaks out at high school

Firefighters were called at 2.20pm
Firefighters were called at 2.20pm

A fire which broke out at high school this afternoon could have been caused by roof repairs, say firefighters.

Crews were called to Bedford High School, on Manchester Road, Leigh, at 2.20pm on Monday for a "small" fire involving a single-storey annex.

Bedford High School. Pic: Google Street View

Bedford High School. Pic: Google Street View

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A fire service spokesman said five fire engines had attended and crews were using breathing apparatus and a hose reel as they worked.

He said: "It was a small fire in the end. It had the potential to become much bigger but we managed to stop it from spreading.

"They are having work done on the roof. We think it possibly started from that.

"It was accidental.

"The school had been evacuated when we first arrived but during the incident the school day finished and pupils were allowed to leave at a normal time."

Students were all accounted for through a roll call.

A text message sent to parents by the school said the fire had been in the roof space of L block.

Crews were at the scene for around three hours in total.