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Huge fire rips through high school

Massive school fire Euan's Emergency Photography Picture: Euans_EP
The fire ripped through the building and continued to burn overnight (Picture: Euan’s EP)

More than 80 firefighters are battling a ‘very large and complex’ blaze at a high school in Dunfermline, Scotland.

The blaze at Woodmill High School was being fought by 15 fire appliances and two height appliances since the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called at 5.05pm on Sunday.

Deputy assistant chief officer Stuart Stevens said: ‘This is a very large and complex incident and our firefighters continue to work in difficult conditions to extinguish the flames.’

Today is not a bank holiday in Scotland and schools returned last week so pupils were being advised not to go to school today.

The incident commander added that the fire was burning in the school’s main building but firefighters were working around the building’s edge to contain it.

Massive school fire Euan's Emergency Photography Picture: Euans_EP
More than 80 firefighters were called to deal with the fire (Picture: Euan’s EP)
Massive school fire Euan's Emergency Photography Picture: Euans_EP
Emergency crews were called out at 5.05pm yesterday evening (Picture: Euan’s EP)

Mr Stevens added: ‘This will be a prolonged incident and our advice to nearby residents and members of the public is to avoid the area to allow access for emergency service vehicles, and close doors and windows due to high volumes of smoke.’

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There have been no reported casualties.

The school, which is located about 20 miles north-west of Edinburgh, announced it would be closed to all students on Monday.

Massive school fire Euan's Emergency Photography Picture: Euans_EP
Firefighters worked around the clock to try and stop the fire from spreading (Picture: Euan’s EP)
Woodmill High School in Dunfermline Massive school fire Kelly Butchart Picture: mrsbutchart
The fire was described as being ‘very large and complex (Picture: Kelly Butchart)

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