Former school building goes up in flames

NMAC11-0514-4''Sherwood Hall Stuart Avenue building fire
NMAC11-0514-4''Sherwood Hall Stuart Avenue building fire
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FIREFIGHTERS and police continued to tackle with a serious blaze at Mansfield’s former Sherwood Hall School building late into Thursday evening.

Part of the Stuart Building area of the old secondary school, which was replaced by the Samworth Church Academy in 2008, was well alight as fire crews - some on an aerial ladder - tackled the flames from around 7pm.

NMAC11-0514-3''Sherwood Hall Stuart Avenue building fire

NMAC11-0514-3''Sherwood Hall Stuart Avenue building fire

Six appliances from four stations, Mansfield, Ashfield, Edwinstowe and Warsop, were at the scene as crews tried to stop the fire - which they believed to be in the old technology block and school hall area- from spreading to the rest of the Stuart Building, off Stuart Avenue in Forest Town.

A fire brigade spokesman said that the blaze was across an area 100m x 100m and was first reported at 18.47pm. At 21.32 two crews remained on site, as well as firemen using the aerial ladder.

The buildings, off Stuart Avenue, Forest Town, have not been used since a state-of-the-art new complex opened at Samworth last year. Former buildings close to the Sherwood Hall Road area of the site have already been demolished as part of the Academy’s new look.

It is not yet known if the cause of the blaze is suspicious.