Fire rages at former Mellish school

A BLAZE ripped through a large wooden building in a central courtyard at the former Henry Mellish Comprehensive School in Bulwell.

Firefighters tackled the flames for more than two-and-a-half hours at the site on Highbury Road on Saturday October 15 after the alarm was raised at 2.25 pm.

The single-storey 75mX75m building was severely damaged by the fire, which spread to two other sides of the courtyard. A gas cyclinder, which could have been in danger of exploding, was made safe.

Six crews and more than a dozen firefighters from four stations, including Hucknall, were called to the scene. An investigation is under way to find the cause.

Henry Mellish closed last year after amalgamating with the former River Leen Comprehensive School in Bulwell to form the new £23 million Bulwell Academy school, off Hucknall Lane.

The Mellish site has been earmarked for potential new housing under Nottingham City Council’s Local Development Framework.