Fire-hit school shut un­til 2020

Scottish Daily Mail - - EDEN CONFIDENTI­AL -

PUPILS will not re­turn to a fire-dam­aged school un­til af­ter the Christ­mas hol­i­days, coun­cil of­fi­cials an­nounced yesterday.

Stu­dents and staff were evac­u­ated as 70 fire­fight­ers tack­led the blaze at Pee­bles High School at lunchtime on Thurs­day.

Crews re­turned to the build­ing yesterday to as­sess the struc­ture and dampen down any re­main­ing hot spots.

No one was in­jured in the fire but Tracey Lo­gan, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Scot­tish Borders Coun­cil, said there was ‘se­ri­ous dam­age’ to the build­ing, adding it ‘wouldn’t be safe or practical to open’ un­til a full dam­age as­sess­ment had been car­ried out.

There are 14 days of the school term left, and classes may be held in other build­ings, with on­line classes that can be taken at home.

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