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Fire closes Oswestry primary school as parents told to keep children at home

A fire has damaged the kitchens at a primary school in Shropshire.

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Woodside Primary School. Photo: Google

Woodside Primary School in Oswestry will be closed all of Thursday following the fire, discovered just before 6am.

Parents were notified that classes will remain shut all day.

The alarm was raised at 5.50am.

Two fire crews from Oswestry and one from Ellesmere were quickly on the scene.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was in the kitchen of the school.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to enter the building and a dry powder extinguisher to deal with the blaze.

Crews also made a thorough search of the buildings on the site off Gittin Street in the north of the town, in an operation lasting an hour and 20 minutes.

Woodside School also provides hot meals to Selattyn and Trefonen Primary Schools nearby.

These schools will be open, but pupils will need to bring packed lunches with them today,

It is not yet known when the school will reopen.

A spokesperson for Oswestry Fire Station said: "With the expertise of our teams and use of our equipment we successfully extinguished the fire. The safety of our community is our top priority and we're grateful for the quick response of everyone involved.

"An operations officer was onsite, overseeing the operation. The crews conducted a thorough inspection of the school to ensure everyone's wellbeing.

"Thank you to our firefighters and everyone who played a role in managing this situation."