Fire crews tackle blaze in Padiham at derelict school

Firefighters were this afternoon tackling a major blaze at a derelict former school.

By David Nowell
Sunday, 17th February 2019, 3:21 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th February 2019, 5:52 pm
The Padiham blaze. Picture: Ashley Brown
The Padiham blaze. Picture: Ashley Brown

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service sent six fire engines to the old Ivy Bank High School on Byron Street, Padiham.

Residents in the area were warned to keep their windows and doors shut, and keep out of the smoke plume.

Firefighters were called shortly before 2pm to the fire in a building consisting of four floors, approximately 30 metres by 30 metres.

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The scene of the blaze in Padiham

No injuries have been reported.

Chris Rainford of the LFRS Drone posted pictures and commented: "Large fire at derelict Ivy Bank school in Padiham this PM.

"Swift intervention from LFRS restricted fire to top floor, remarkable effort given initial intensity."

The former Ivy Bank High School is being bulldozed to make way for a mixture of detached and semi-detached homes.

A drone picture of the scene

The owners of the site, Lancashire County Council, voted to sell the land to a developer two years ago.

Ivy Bank, which initially opened as a girls’ high school before becoming a mixed comprehensive in 1981, closed in 2006 after merging with Habergham High School to form Hameldon Community College.

A thermal image of the scene