Fire drill at Gosport school alarms public

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FIREFIGHTERS have praised the public for their vigilance after they were called to a false alarm at a school.

A crew from Fareham was called to reports of smoke coming from Bedenham Primary School, in Bridgemary Avenue, Bridgemary, Gosport, yesterday.

But it was a false alarm. The school was tackling a fire drill. There was no fire.

Watch manager Simon Whelan said: ‘It was called in as a fire. A person near the school had seen smoke, heard the school’s alarm and put two and two together.

‘When we arrived there was no fire, it was just a fire drill at the school. The smoke was coming from a flue.’

He praised the eagle-eyed resident and said: ‘If you see something like this, don’t hesitate to dial the three nines.’