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The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a blaze at a derelict school in Newport tonight (Monday). 

5 appliances from Newport, Cowes, East Cowes and Ryde are on scene at Wellington Road, Carisbrooke where a fire has broke out at the former Christ the King College lower campus – also known as the former Trinity Middle School.

Smoke is issuing from the roof of the building and flames are beginning to break through.

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Fire crews are using COBRA and a mix of main jets and hose reels to tackle the fire, which broke out shortly before 23:20.

Island Echo understands a firefighter returning home after drill night spotted the developing incident and called it in to control.

UPDATE @ 00:30 – Further appliances have been mobilised to the scene with firefighters from Shanklin joining the firefighting efforts, alongside an Aerial Ladder Platform.

Crews appear to have gained control of the blaze but the incident continues into the early hours of Tuesday.

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Police are now in attendance and the road has been closed in both directions.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

UPDATE @ 01:15 – 10 appliances are now on scene at Carisbrooke with crews from Newport, Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde, Ventnor, Sandown, Shanklin, Freshwater, Yarmouth and Bembridge.

It is thought that Hampshire appliances have been requested to mobilise to the Island to provide additional fire cover.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service will remain on scene throughout the night. Further updates are expected at the start of the working day.

UPDATE @ 07:10 – The fire has been fully extinguished and the incident has been brought to a close.

It has been confirmed that the fire in the roof space of the single-storey building measured 50m x 70m.

More than 50 firefighters from across all Isle of Wight fire stations were on scene during the night, with an additional 15-20 firefighters from Hampshire brought over to provide fire cover for the rest of the Island.

A total of 28 breathing apparatus were used, alongside 2 hose reel jets, 1 main jet, COBRA and positive pressure ventilation.

UPDATE @ 09:30 – It has been confirmed that there will be no Police investigation into the incident – https://www.islandecho.co.uk/no-police-investigation-into-derelict-school-fire-in-newport/.



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Terence Moore
Terence Moore

Hampshire are mobilising appliances to cover the Island, are the Ferries available at this time of night ???

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