23rd May, 2019

Fire breaks out at Coventry primary school after suspected gas explosion

Editorial Correspondent 18th Apr, 2019 Updated: 18th Apr, 2019

A FIRE has broken out at a Coventry school after a suspected gas explosion.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.54 to John Gulson Primary School, George Street, Hillfields.

“There are four appliances at the scene from Coventry, Binley and Foleshill including a brigade response vehicle.

“There are 18 firefighters in attendance.

“It is a suspected gas explosion which occurred within the school building.

“There are two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. They are using a hose, a reel and a safety jet.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 11.01.

“We sent one ambulance and one paramedic officer. We treated one man for burn injuries.

“He has been taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

A press officer suggested the injuries are not thought to be particularly serious.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Fire Service for their swift response in tackling the fire at John Gulson Primary School and we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the man who has been injured.

“At this early stage investigations are beginning to try to establish the cause and the extent of the damage, although it appears initially to have been confined to the school’s external boiler house with the main school building unaffected.”

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