Daubeney Academy closed and students sent home as fire breaks out

Fire and Rescue incident
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Students have been sent home from Daubney School after Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue (BFRS) were called to a fire at the Kempston School.

A statement on the school’s Twitter page said: “Unfortunately we have had a small localised fire and we have had to close the school. All students have been sent home and we are contacting parents of students who require it.”

BFRS confirmed their attendance and is asking people to stay away from the area.

In a statement to media, a spokesperson said: “Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at around 08.46 this morning and are currently in attendance at Daubeney Academy in Kempston.

“A school portacabin roof has been on fire but this has now been extinguished.”

They added that crews from Kempston, Bedford and Potton as well as the drone crew from Harrold and Incident Command Unit from Leighton Buzzard were on the scene.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus, hose reels and covering jets to extinguish the flames.

This is the second fire at a Kempston school on a weekday morning in as many weeks. Last week 44 firefighters tackled a blaze at the derelict Robert Bruce School.

Read: Large fire breaks out at former Robert Bruce Middle School

Bedford Independent has asked Bedfordshire Police for a comment on any potential criminal investigation that may be taking place.

This is a breaking news story and may be updated as more information becomes available.

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