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Sprinklers ‘could have saved’ primary school in Dagenham destroyed by fire

PUBLISHED: 11:14 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:10 06 September 2018

Firefighters tackling the blaze which severely damaged part of Roding Primary School in Dagenham.

Firefighters tackling the blaze which severely damaged part of Roding Primary School in Dagenham.

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A primary school in Dagenham that was destroyed by a fire yesterday could have been saved if sprinklers had been fitted, the London Fire Brigade has claimed.

Children were due to return to Roding Primary School at the Hewett site, today but now face weeks of disruption after a large part of the single-storey building, which did not have sprinklers, was destroyed in the blaze.

The Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner, Lee Drawbridge, said: “There could be no clearer example of why sprinklers in schools are so important as they could have significantly reduced the damage and impact of this fire.

“Crews were faced with a serious blaze when they arrived at the school and worked very hard to bring it under control, but given the intensity of the fire, there is unfortunately significant damage to the school.”

Schools are not legally obliged to install sprinklers however the London Fire Brigade is urging all schools to do so and has called for sprinkler systems to be made mandatory in schools.

The school has said pupils at the Hewett site will not be attending other schools or the Cannington site tomorrow or in the very near future and will update parents soon as a proper assessment of the damage is done.

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