Long Eaton fire: Huge blaze at Harrington Junior School sends plumes of smoke into air

Ellena Cruse

Firefighters battled a huge blaze which broke out a junior school sending thick black smoke billowing into the air

Emergency services were called to Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, just after midday on Thursday.

Eight crews from the surrounding area arrived at the scene and used an aerial ladder to tackle the fire.

The building was evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing out from the school (PA)

A Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said firefighters were called at 12.12pm to reports that a roof was on fire.

He added: "Firefighters from Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Ascot Drive with an aerial ladder platform are being supported by firefighters from Nottinghamshire’s Arnold, Highfields, London Road, and Stapleford stations.

Firefighters tackled the blaze with an aerial ladder (PA)

"A command support unit and water carrier are also assisting the incident from Leicestershire."

Crews from eight fire stations were in attendance PA)

Harrington Junior School put out a statement on its website.

Plumes of smoke could be seen in the sky (PA)

It read: "Our beautiful, vibrant school is on fire.

"No children in school today. All safe. Emergency services attending. Please stay away to help. I am heartbroken."