BREAKING NEWS: Alnwick school fire under control

Nearby residents watch as the blaze takes hold at the former St John's School site in Alnwick.

Nearby residents watch as the blaze takes hold at the former St John's School site in Alnwick.

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CREWS tackling an ‘intense’ blaze at a former Alnwick school now have the fire under control.

Firefighters were called to the former St John’s RC First School on Lisburn Terrace at around 2.50pm today after flames were seen bursting from the disused building’s roof.

Now, two-and-a-half hours later flames have died down.

A spokesman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire was intense but we managed to save a third of the building. The rest is extensively damaged.”

Plumes of smoke were seen across Alnwick and as far away as Powburn and Shilbottle when the blaze was at its height.

Crowds of onlookers lined the streets near the school and the Territorial Army Centre and police moved people away as they tried to get closer.

It is not yet known how the blaze started.

The school has been empty since October last year when pupils were moved to the new St Paul’s RC School site on South Road, along with children from Thomas Percy Middle School.