Brune Park fire: Gosport school to reopen on Monday following destructive blaze

PUPILS at a school in Gosport that was ravaged by a devastating fire will return on Monday.

Sunday, 19th June 2022, 11:25 am
Updated Sunday, 19th June 2022, 2:18 pm

Brune Park Community School, in Military Road, will open its doors again following the blaze.

More than 40 firefighters from across the county were mobilised to tackle the fire, which ignited shortly before 5.53pm on Saturday.

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Firefighters pictured at Brune Park Community School fighting a blaze at one of the site's buildings. Photo: Simmone Prager.

Gosport and Fareham (GFM) Multi Academy Trust (MAT), who operate Brune Park School, praised the emergency services for their heroics.

A GFM spokesman said: ‘We would like to say a huge thank you to emergency services who responded to the fire at Brune Park Community School.

‘It was their swift action that ensure the fire was quickly brought under control, preventing a more serious situation and further damage to the building.

‘Their rapid response means the school will be fully operationally when students return on Monday.

Ella-Mai Mcintosh-Sayles, 12, captured this photo of the Brune Park fire.

‘We cannot comment further on the cause of the fire as this is currently under investigated by the police.’

Firefighters carried out a further inspection of the building at 7am this morning, but no further action was taken.

The blaze took hold in a recently closed-building – earmarked for demolition – at Brune Park, and social media photos showed smoke pouring from the roof.

It was extinguished by 9.25pm, with crews using 17 breathing apparatus sets and two main jets.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We have received a report of a fire in a derelict building at Brume Park Community School, which is being treated as suspicious.

‘Anyone with information can submit it online, quoting 44220242859.’