The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a fire at Cowes Enterprise College in Cowes this evening (Friday).
3 fire appliances from various stations, alongside the aerial ladder platform from Newport and the Incident Support Unit from East Cowes, have been mobilised to the school on Crossfield Avenue.
The emergency services were called to the incident at 18:03.
Crews are currently situated to the rear of the building with little to be seen from the roadside.
UPDATE @ 19:35 – It has been confirmed that a 3D printer has caught fire.
Thankfully, the situation has been brought under control with the printer now removed from the building.
A salvage operation is underway.
Crews are starting to stand down from the incident with 2 appliances and the Aerial Ladder Platform now returning to home station.
UPDATE @ 20:50 – The incident has now concluded.
It has been revealed that a sprinkler system activated and initially controlled the fire, with 2 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entering the building shortly after to extinguish the fire fully with a hose reel jet.
A portable dam, submersible pump and a generator have been used for the salvage operation with water diverted from the sprinklers into the dam and then pumped from the building.
In a statement, Cowes Enterprise College has said:
“During Friday evening there was a small fire in DE07 (Design Technology Sixth Form workroom/office). It was ably dealt with by staff on site and the fire brigade attended. School will be open as usual on Monday and very little damage has been sustained.
“The school will be running revision sessions as normal tomorrow”.