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School hit by fire

PUBLISHED: 13:10 25 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich school is today counting the cost after fire ripped through some of its buildings over the weekend.

Fire broke out at St Joseph's College, Birkfield Drive at around 10.

By VICTORIA KNOWLES

victoria.knowles@ecng.co.uk

AN Ipswich school is today counting the cost after fire ripped through some of its buildings over the weekend.

Fire broke out at St Joseph's College, Birkfield Drive at around 10.25pm on Saturday. The fire did not effect any of the buildings used by the pupils and was contained to a wood store and a cleaning store.

No one was injured.

Simon Vick, facilities supervisor at the school, spotted fire from his sitting room.

"I was watching telly when I glimpsed something orange out of the corner of my eye. I got up to have a look and saw flames leaping out of the buildings.

"Two store rooms have been really badly damaged. One has all the wood supplies in and the other has cleaning stuff in.

"Unfortunately there has been quite a lot of smoke damage to the clothes store. The goods inside will cost a lot of money to replace.

"The firefighters were excellent and they managed to save the clothes store but both roofs on the other buildings collapsed and all the wood store is burnt down," he said.

Michael O'Brien, bursar at the

college said: "Happily the fire will not affect the school directly and school life will carry on as normal."

"The cleaning stuff can be replaced easily but sadly all the wooden props we had for our Christmas play have gone up in flames.

"We have increased security

dramatically since the first fire but there are always some people who will get in no matter what. But we will get through this," he said.

A shed in the school grounds burned down in July last year. Police treated the incident as arson.

On Saturday three appliances from Prince's Street and two from head quarters attended the fire which was brought under control by 11.30pm.

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