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College Damaged in Fire

Classrooms at Stoke-on-Trent College have been ventilated after a fire broke out in the main reception block.

Two appliances from Hanley and one each from Newcastle and Longton attended the incident after a passer-by called the emergency services when seeing smoke issuing from the building on Sheldon Road at 12.42am today.

"The incident has caused more inconvenience than damage, with the corner of the reception area mostly affected."

Brian Griffiths, Incident Commander

Incident Commander, Brian Griffiths, said investigations to determine the cause of the blaze found it to be accidental due to an electrical fault in a vending machine in the foyer.

"Two crews wearing breathing apparatus quickly located the fire and extinguished using two hose reel jets," said Brian.

"This prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the three-storey building.

"Firefighters remained at the scene for several hours afterwards damping down."

Using the aerial ladder platform from Longton, classrooms on the first and second floor of the College were ventilated due to the affects of smoke which had spread from the blaze.

Although Stoke-on-Trent College closed for the Christmas break on Friday staff are still using the facility this week.

"The incident has caused more inconvenience than damage, with the corner of the reception area mostly affected," added Brian.