29 November 2019 08:35
Firefighters are battling a "severe" blaze at Peebles High School in the Scottish Borders. Pupils and teaching staff have been evacuated from the building, with eyewitnesses saying the roof has collapsed at the school. Parents can pick up pupils from Priorsford Primary while children taken by bus to the school are going to St Andrew's Parish Church until the end of the school day, a group representing parents and carers at the school posted online. Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council leader, said: "All kids are safe and sound. Peebles High School Parents & Carers said: "We have been told all students are safe and please- to allow access to the road- would cars stay away from the school." Firefighters are battling a 'severe' blaze and staff and pupils have been evacuated at a high school in the Scottish Borders.
The roof was believed to have collapsed in the art department at Peebles High School. A fire spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 12.57pm to reports of a fire at Peebles High School on Springwood Road. At 3.22pm, the fire service tweeted: "More than 40 firefighters are currently tackling a building fire at Peebles High School. Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam warned parents against heading to the school and said all pupils are "safe and sound". Borders Buses tweeted: "Our Peebles Town Service has been Suspended until 5pm due to a Police incident at Peebles High School.
A CLAY oven explosion caused today's horrific fire at Peebles High School, according to reports. 4 Peebles High School pupils were forced to evacuate after a huge fire The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed all pupils and teachers have been safely evacuated. Local reports suggest the blaze was started by a clay oven explosion in the art department, but this is yet to be confirmed. Leader of Scottish Borders Council Shona Haslam tweeted: "Fire at Peebles High School update. We have been told all students are safe and please- to allow access to the road- would cars stay away from the school, — Peebles High School Parents & Carers (@PHSparents) November 28, 2019 — Peebles High School Parents & Carers (@PHSparents) November 28, 2019 Incident Commander Stephen Gourlay said: "More than 40 firefighters continue to tackle a well-developed building fire at Peebles High School, on Springwood Road, Peebles.
The school is to close tomorrow and Monday while alternative arrangements are been made for pupils and staff. All pupils have been evacuated from Peebles High. Tracey Logan, chief executive of Scottish Borders Council, said: "Peebles High School has been evacuated following a fire at around 1pm today. We are working closely with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service during this ongoing incident. Pupils who use school transport are being taken to Peebles Parish Church and then on to their buses." A message sent out to parents stated: "We are sorry to report that there is a fire at the high school. "More than 40 firefighters continue to tackle a well-developed building fire at Peebles High School, on Springwood Road, Peebles. At present, we have nine fire appliances and two height appliances at the scene, working closely alongside emergency service partners. She added: "Members of the public are asked to avoid the area at this time to allow access for the emergency services and we expect to remain in attendance for some time." My thoughts are with the students and staff at Peebles High School. Glad all Peebles High staff and pupils are safe and hope not too much damage has been sustained." Blaze at Peebles High School. Firefighters are battling a "severe" blaze at a high school in the Scottish Borders. Firefighters were called to Peebles High School just before 1pm after reports of a blaze inside the building. Six fire engines are at the scene and the school has been "fully evacuated", with all pupils and staff accounted for during the incident. Councillor Shona Haslam, leader of Scottish Borders Council, urged parents not to try to go to the school while emergency services need access. On Twitter she said: "Fire at Peebles High School update. A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We were alerted at 12.57pm on Thursday, November 28 to reports of a fire at Peebles High School, on Springwood Road, Peebles. A spokesperson from Scottish Borders Council said: "Pupils who live in the town are being taken to the nearby Priorsford Primary School. Pupils who use school transport are being taken to Peebles Parish Church and then on to their buses." "We have taken the early decision that the school will be closed tomorrow (Friday) and obviously also the St Andrew's Day holiday on Monday.