Building fire - Coleridge ward - Cambridge

At 6.03am on Wednesday (30) crews were called to a fire on Birdwood Road in Coleridge ward, Cambridge.

Crews from Cambridge, Burwell, Linton, Huntingdon and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk attended.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire at St Bede’s Inter-Church School. The fire was located in a class room on the ground floor of a two storey building. Wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets.

A fire investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Update - Thursday March 31

Station Commander Stuart Smith said: “Crews arrived to find a well-developed fire on the ground floor that was spreading to the rest of the building. The classroom was significantly damaged and there was smoke damage to some other parts of the building, however the fast and decisive actions of the crews limited the extent of the damage.

“Following our investigation we believe the cause of the fire was accidental. Due to the extent of the damage it is unclear how it was started, but we are not treating it as suspicious.”

Matthew Chancellor, Deputy Headteacher of St Bede’s Inter-Church School, said: “St Bede’s wishes to thank the skill and dedication of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service who responded quickly and professionally to the situation. We are grateful that they were able to contain the incident so quickly and limit the extent of the damage.

“We will be working hard over the next two weeks to ensure the St Bede’s opens for business as usual after the Easter holidays.”