Children flee classrooms after Longlevens school fire
CHILDREN fled their classrooms when a fire broke out at Longlevens Junior School.
The school was evacuated yesterday after smoke was discovered coming from a store room.
As children piled out into the school playground, two fire crews arrived at the school grounds off Church Road.
The evacuation happened at around 10.10am.
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Firefighters from Gloucester North and South fire stations found that a light fitting in a store cupboard had caught fire.
They used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the fire was put out.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue said: "We took a call to say that all of the school alarms were sounding and smoke was issuing from one of the rooms.
"After investigating the fire, we can confirm that it was not suspicious.
"The children were all safely evacuated by the school and they are all fine.
"There has been no damage to the school."
Schoolchildren were able to return to their classes at 10.50am – but not before firefighters stopped for a chat with them about what had just happened.
As the fire crews began to leave a group of pupils waved them goodbye from the playground.