Students evacuated after college fire

Blackpool and the Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Campus
Blackpool and the Fylde College Fleetwood Nautical Campus

ONE hundred students had to be evacuated as fire threatened Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Fire fighters from Fleetwood fought for 40 minutes to control the blaze which was in a store room on the ground floor at around 8:30pm on Wednesday.

Four crew members entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and used a hose reel on the fire which caused smoke-logging in around a dozen rooms.

The students were brought out of the building, which includes living accommodation, when the fire was spotted by a caretaker.

An investigation is underway but it is believed it was caused by a part from a fluorescent light falling on combustible material.

Crew manager from Fleetwood Fire Station Kevin Warwick said: “It was a serious fire and it could have gone a few different ways and caused a lot of damage.”

The two fire tenders from Fleetwood were supported by a crew from Bispham.

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