Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire at the Cecil Jones Academy - PHOTOS

Eastern Avenue, Southend
23/08/2016 @ 16:27
Incident Number: 14284
In attendance: 2 x Southend, 1 x Leigh, 1 x Shoeburyness, 1 x Canvey, 2 x Rayleigh Weir, 1 x Wickford, 1 x Rochford, 1 x Billericay, 1 x Hawkwell, 1 x Corringham, 1 x Chelmsford (ALP), 1 x Halstead (Water Bowser), 1 x Basildon (ICU)

Firefighters have been called to a fire at school. Crews report the roof of the two storey property is alight and the property is completely smoke logged.

Update 17:00hrs - Firefighters report that the fire has spread to the first floor classrooms. Crews are using two hose reel jets and two main jets to tackle the blaze.

Update 18:15hrs - Incident Commander Neil Fenwick reports that this is a fire in the roof and the first floor of a two storey building. Crews are using three main jets, three hose reel jets and a monitor from our Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) to tackle the fire on multiple fronts.

Crews are working hard in arduous conditions to stop the fire spreading to the rest of the building, and are making steady progress.

Eastern Avenue has been closed as a safety precaution during firefighting operations.

Update 19:15hrs - Incident Commander Neil Fenwick reports the fire is now under control. Firefighters are continuing to tackle the fire on multiple fronts. 


Update 21:00hrs - Incident Commander Neil Fenwick said:

"At 16:27hrs today, we were called to the Cecil Jones Academy, Eastern Avenue, Southend. When crews arrived they discovered the roof and first floor of one building were well alight.

"Initially, we had difficulties with the water supply, so our crews quickly set about establishing an alternative supply. Crews used a nearby swimming pool and a water main from further down the road to establish a good supply. We also requested the attendance of a water bowser to help with firefighting operations.

"At the peak of the incident, we had 12 fire engines and the aerial ladder platform (ALP) working to tackle the fire.

"Crews worked in extremely arduous conditions at this incident, and did an excellent job to contain the fire to the one building. We were also made aware that the building contained a science lab which had some hazardous materials. Although the room was far away from the fire, crews entered the building and removed these materials for the safety of the incident.

"We had a multi-agency response to this incident, with the police, ambulance service, HART team, the school and Southend Borough Council all working together.

"Six fire engines have now taken over at the scene to extinguish remaining hot spots. Crews will also work with the school to salvage items from the affected building.

"The fire investigation has been carried out, and we can confirm that there wasn't any malicious or suspicious circumstances.

Bev Williams CEO at Cecil Jones Academy, added:

"I firstly would like to thank the fire service for their fantastic response. Their quick action stopped the fire spreading to any other building in the school, and minimised the damaged to the affected building.

"I would also like to reassure all our year 11 student that the school WILL be open on Thursday for their GCSE results.

"We will be updating our school's website with information for student and parents here: "

Update 00:12hrs - The last fire engine has now left the incident. A revisit will take place at 08:00 by a Southend fire engine to check the scene.

Update 09:30hrs - The fire investigation has been concluded. The fire was caused by works being carried out by building contractors on the roof.

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