POLICE and fire investigators are examining the scene of a fire at the former Sherwood Hall School building in Forest Town find out the cause of the blaze.
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.
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 by 100m and was first reported at 6.47pm. At 9.32pm 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.
Anyone with any information about the cause of the fire should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999.