Fire at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School (+picture)
Scene of this morning's fire

The scene of this morning's fire at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School. Click here for an update.

23 September 2011, 7.30am

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a fire at the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Oxford Road, Aylesbury.

Crews from Aylesbury, Haddenham and Princes Risborough were called shortly after 4.30am, along with the Command and Control Unit from Aylesbury and a number of officers. There are about 30 firefighters and officers at the scene.

The fire broke out in a wooden building outside the Humanities Block at the rear of the school complex, which is connected to the main school building by a corridor. The fire spread to a classroom on the second floor of the block, but firefighters have prevented it from spreading to the main building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three main jets to put out the fire and two large fans to clear away the smoke.

Station Manager Paul McShane, the incident commander, said: "The crews did an amazing job to stop it as quickly as they did. Had they not brought it under control so quickly it could have gone on to cause considerably more damage."

The two-storey block, which measures about 40 metres by 40 metres, has been 20 per cent damaged by fire. The ground and first floors were 50 per cent smoke-logged. The ground floor comprises a kitchen and cafeteria and the first floor a number of classrooms, including a computer suite.

The stop message was received at 6.43am and the first crews started to leave the scene at about 7.15am. Two crews remained at the scene to continue damping down.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police are investigating the cause of the fire. A fire investigation officer is due to attend at 8.30am.

Firefighters will carry out a reinspection at the scene at about 9.30am.

Buckinghamshire County Council has announced on its website that the school is closed today.