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Major fire closes Dundee secondary school

No-one was injured in the blaze at Braeview Academy but the property has been extensively damaged.

A Dundee secondary school has been extensively damaged by a major fire.

More than 50 firefighters worked through the night to tackle the blaze, which broke out at Braeview Academy in Dundee at around 9.40pm on Tuesday.

Fire crews had brought the blaze under control by 4am on Wednesday and one appliance was still at the scene at 7am ensuring the area was safe.

No-one was injured but the school has been closed and Dundee City Council is working on plans to house pupils elsewhere later in the week.

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More than 50 firefighters were involved in the operation to put out the school blaze (Graeme Mckenzie/Twitter/PA)

Children and families convener Stewart Hunter said the fire will have an impact on the whole community, and he thanked the emergency services for their work.

The councillor added: “We are awaiting a full assessment of the damage to Braeview Academy. However, this was a major fire and clearly that damage will be extensive.

“Pupils are at home today as a result, and our first priority now is to minimise the impact of this sad incident on their education.

“We have contingency plans in place for situations such as this. Meetings are taking place this morning to put those plans into action, with a view to the young people being back in a school building very shortly.”

Some Braeview pupils are taking part in the opening of the V&A Dundee museum this week and the school tweeted that teachers will still be in touch to arrange rehearsals.

Braeview Academy‏ tweeted: “Devastating news that, due to fire damage, the school will be closed to all staff and pupils on Wednesday.

“Information will be communicated to staff, parents and carers, as it becomes available.

“Please keep tuned to social media and local radio for updates.”

Police will be carrying out a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and appealed for information about the incident.

Inspector Chris Boath said: “The building was extensively damaged and enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire. A joint investigation with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will take place in due course.

“Thankfully no-one was injured as a result of the fire.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time of the fire or anyone who witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting 3748 of September 11 or speak to any police officers, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

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