Alnwick school blaze: The aftermath

The damage caused to the former St Paul's School building in Alnwick.
The damage caused to the former St Paul's School building in Alnwick.

HERE is a first glimpse at the destruction caused by the fierce fire at a former Alnwick school today.

As these images show, parts of the building have been left gutted by the inferno which erupted at the Lisburn Terrace site.

The damage caused to the former St Paul's School building in Alnwick.

The damage caused to the former St Paul's School building in Alnwick.

The pictures, taken by Gazette reporter James Willoughby, show the full brunt of the blaze after it had raged through areas of the school causing heavy damage.

Charred window ledges, blackened walls and what looks to be a fire-ravaged set of shelves or a cabinet tell the sorry and destructive story.

Danny Stephenson, from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, admitted the incident had caused wide-spread destruction.

“Large areas have been extensively damaged. We managed to save a third of the building but areas where there has been fire are extensively damaged,” he said.

His colleague Mark McCarty said that the fire was so intense that he was unsure where the blaze had started and crews had attacked it from three different areas.

“Two appliances were sent after a number of calls that there was a fire,” he said. “When they turned up it was quite an intense fire so we brought in two more pumps.

“We don’t know the exact layout of the school. The building is empty and we don’t know where it has started, it has been that intense.”