Fire evacuees allowed to return to homes - YOUR PHOTOS

PEOPLE evacuated from their homes following asbestos fears during a major fire at the disused Sherwood Hall School in Forest Town have been allowed to return to their properties.

Police said residents were being returned on Monday evening after the blaze was brought under control.

Fire crews were called to the site on Stuart Avenue at around 11am on Monday morning, and police evacuated a number of residents from both Stuart Avenue and Sherwood Hall Gardens.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now under way. The former school building was hit by a blaze last month, which destroyed part of the building which has now been gutted.

Residents allowed back into their properties are being reminded to keep their doors and windows closed because of concerns there may be asbestos in the building.

Members of the public living in the area are also being advised to keep their windows and doors closed overnight.

Earlier a police spokesman said: “Residents have been evacuated from Stuart Avenue and have been taken to a local public house as a temporary measure, while a number of roads in the immediate area have been closed.

“It is believed that there may be asbestos in the building, so members of the public who live in the area have been urged stay inside and keep their windows and doors closed while the fire is brought under control.”

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Det Sgt Phil Sims at Mansfield South CID on 0300 3009999 ext 805 3134.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

The old school buildings have not been used since a state-of-the-art new complex opened at the Samworth Church Academy, which replaced Sherwood Hall School in 2008, 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.

Pictured are some of the photos sent in by Chad readers - Ryan Warriner, Richard Tatham, Richard Gleed-Owen, Andy Owen and Anthony Allsop.

See this week’s Chad for full report and more photographs.