Major fire reported at Stillness Junior School, Brockley Rise [UPDATED]

At the time of writing, Stillness Junior School is on fire, with several witnesses reporting on Twitter that the damage appears significant. One correspondent has posted this photo of the fire.


Stillness Primary School is located at Brockley Rise, SE23. We'll bring you more details as soon as possible.

UPDATED: Courtesy of a reader post, here is video footage of the fire.




UPDATED: The school has issued the following statement:

You may have heard or seen that there has been a fire at Stillness Junior School this afternoon. Unfortunately, the Annexe Building to the front left of the school has been severely damaged and cannot be used. However, at present, we are anticipating that school will start as planned on Monday, 6th September, although there will be adjustments to the classrooms.

UPDATED: Bert has posted these photos of the fire being tackled.

21 comments:

highhorse said...
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Gabriella said...

well the police helicopter was hovering overhead....
Apparently it hasn't spread to the houses but we saw the roof in flames, very scary to see the speed at which the fire went through.

Anonymous said...

We're not from the area but were viewing a house nearby and investigating the area today. We were looking through the school gates around 4.20pm and didn't see anything amiss. Went for a walk in Blythe Hill Fields around 5.30 and saw the smoke. eek!

Not a good omen!

Anonymous said...

Thaats Really Scarii Pkus It Was Ma Primary School Tho I Go Secondary Now Its Still Really Sad :(

The Royal Albert said...
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Zannie28 said...

I used to teach in that lovely old building and, like Stillness Junior School, now feel gutted.

Anonymous said...

video footage : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t13Djq0xL5c

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Anonymous said...

Saw a lot of smoke from Brockley View and then heard sirens. Walked down there when there were only two fire engines, over the next 30 minutes about 15 engines arrived from all directions.

It was a bit surreal to see a traffic jam of ambulance, fire and police with sirens screaming at the intersection of Honor Oak. Of course, the fire engine was given priority, there were many others on the scene by that time.

As Gabriella said, the fire either spread very quickly or had taken hold well before the 999 call.

I felt sad that I had to bring my kids watch their school burn but we can't NOT let them see a historic event like this, could you?

What would you do?

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james said...

um its electrical works in the roof confirmed by school staff

Brockley Nick said...

Thanks James - do you have a link please?

Anonymous said...

Is that old electrics, or new work being done now.

Anonymous said...

Amazing that that has been confirmed while the embers are still glowing. Or is it a possible cause yet to be confirmed. This is why crash investigators stay sctum until they have seen and examined evidence

Adele said...

How sad. A relief for residents that it didn't spread further.

Anonymous said...

I was around the corner when all the engines started arriving. Here are some photo's I took when the blaze seemed to be at it's height.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53516818@N08/

Bert.

highhorse said...

Does anyone know if Stillness had a sprinkler system? If not, why not? Shouldn't these old schools have them put in by Lewisham council to prevent this sort of thing from happening again?

Filthy lucre said...

No technical reason why every building shouldn't have a sprinkler. The question is are you willing to pay for it? And don't say "but if it saves one building..." it's money, pure and simple. Does your house have sprinklers and are all the rooms compartmented with fire doors? Why not? It can be done.

Robert said...

Very sad news indeed - though it seems from the photographs that the damage is not too devastating. Looks like the fire brigade did a great job.

I hope that this is going to be a straight forward insurance issue for the school, so that repairs can be made as soon as possible.

Anonymous said...

Some more photos on the Honor Oak Park blog:

http://www.hopandbeyond.com/

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