Fire breaks out at Larbert High School day after pupils return full-time

A fire broke out at Larbert High School a day after pupils returned to the classroom full-time.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 4:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:10 pm

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) rushed to the school this afternoon to tackle the blaze, which was caused by an electrical fault with a washing machine.

An SFRS spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 1.47pm by an automated fire alarm system from Larbert High School.

“Operations Control mobilised three appliances to the scene. Firefighters extinguished an electrical fire within the premises.

A fire broke out at Larbert High School on the same day pupils returned to full-time learning. Picture: Michael Gillen.

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“There were no reported casualties.”

High school pupils are back in school full-time, following a blended model involving online learning and face-to-face teaching.

A Falkirk Council spokesman said: “A small fire appears to have started in a washing machine in the school and the fire alarm was activated.

“All staff and pupils were evacuated quickly and safely and the fire was soon extinguished.

“Although the room where the fire started will be out of commission pending repair, the school will reopen tomorrow as normal.”

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