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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Disused School Fire in Longton

A fire investigation that concluded today confirmed that a fire at a disused school in Longton was started deliberately. 

“Members of the public must be aware of the dangers of deliberately setting fires to disused buildings. Not only are they putting themselves at risk but also the lives of the firefighters tackling the fire.”

The fire investigation was carried out this morning by a Fire Investigation Officer and Scenes of Crimes Officers.

Fire and rescue crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle attended the fire last night. The call was received at 10.34pm by a member of the public reporting flames coming through the roof at Clarice Cliff Primary School on Marlborough Road in Longton.

The fire involved a single storey building approximately 75 metres by 25 metres that was well alight. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two main jets and an aerial ladder platform.

Firefighters worked for three hours to bring the fire under control and successfully prevented the fire from spreading to the adjacent school buildings.

Station Manager Brian Griffiths said: “Members of the public must be aware of the dangers of deliberately setting fires to disused buildings. Not only are they putting themselves at risk but also the lives of the firefighters tackling the fire.”

The fire caused severe fire damage throughout the building.