Dramatic pictures show firefighters tackling school blaze

Firefighters tackle blaze at Shinewater School SUS-151013-151049001
Firefighters tackle blaze at Shinewater School SUS-151013-151049001
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An Eastbourne man was able to alert firefighters to a devastating blaze at a school after his dog raised the alarm early on Monday morning (October 12).

Colin Banks, 64 of Shanklin Close, was woken up at around 1am on Monday morning after his dog, Pippa, started barking at the flames from the neighbouring Shinewater Primary School.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at Shinewater School SUS-151013-151111001

After discovering the fire, Colin immediately called 999 to report the emergency and was able to capture a series of spectacular photographs as firefighters battled the blaze.

He said, “We could see this orange light coming through the window and I thought it must have been a car reversing. I just poked my head out of the window to see what was going on.

“I could see a small fire had started on the playground. I called 999 but before long the fire was around 20 feet high.

“You have this horrible moment of thinking ‘God I must be the only one who knows about this’.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at Shinewater School SUS-151013-151100001

“I could also see flames climbing up the roof flashing. It didn’t look that bad at first but it must have been burning up inside.

“The first firefighters were there within about 10 minutes but they couldn’t get in the gates. I think they must have had to cut off the lock to get in.”

More than 50 firefighters worked through the night to put out the fire.

Firefighters from Eastbourne, Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Bexhill, Seaford, Hastings, Battle and Heathfield were mobilised to the scene.

For the latest news about the fire click here

All photos by Colin Banks.

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