Barwell school hit by blaze in early hours of the morning – and it did not open today as a result

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 10 February 2022

A BLAZE broke out at a Barwell school in the early hours this morning (10 February), meaning that it could not open its doors to pupils today.

Barwell Academy, High Street (Image: Google Street View) / Inset (Image: Stock photo)

At 2.50am this morning, Leicestershire Police officers received a report of an incident at the Barwell Academy school on High Street – through an alarm activation – which prompted the officers to arrive at the school, where they discovered the fire.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), received the call from officers, to come on down to the school, at 3.12am.

Fire crews from Hinckley, Market Bosworth, Wigston, Nuneaton, and Atherstone, were deployed, where they were tasked with tackling the blaze.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, said: “The fire was extinguished and ventilation carried out. Our time of stop was 06:29.”

The Police spokesperson told the Free Press that nobody was inside of the building.

At the time of publication, both emergency services – the Police and Fire and Rescue Service – have stated that an investigation is ongoing into the incident, and enquiries have been launched to determine if it had been caused deliberately.

This morning, a text message was sent out from the school to all parents, which stated that the school would not be opening their doors today as a result of the incident.

The text, sent at 6.27am, simply read: “Unfortunately due to a fire in the early hours, the school is closed today. We will let you know of when re-opening (sic).”

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