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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lichfield Cathedral School Fire Caused by Laptop

07/03/2012

A fire at a school in Lichfield which resulted in 200 children being evacuated yesterday afternoon was caused by a laptop.

"The fire has severely damaged a first floor office however firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to any other areas of the school."

Fire Investigation Officer, Dermot Hogan

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has carried out a fire investigation and established that a laptop started the fire after an electrical fault ignited the device.

The fire then spread to nearby office equipment including paperwork and other computers. Over 20 firefighters battled to stop the fire from spreading any further.

At the height of the incident there were five fire engines from Lichfield, Chase Terrace, Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia and Barton under Needwood, along with the aerial ladder platform from Stafford dealing with the incident.

Fire Investigation Officer, Dermot Hogan said: "The fire has severely damaged a first floor office however firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to any other areas of the school.

"All children and staff were quickly evacuated and the children were taken to a nearby holding area until their parents could pick them up. The building has been left with some smoke logging and has not been able to open today.

"The fire was the result of an electrical fault with a laptop in the affected office. The school staff did everything right though, they closed the door to the affected room and immediately put the school evacuation procedure into effect which made the incident a lot easier to handle from our perspective."