Students and staff were quickly evacuated from the residential school building as help was called to the scene. They waited outside while four fire trucks arrived to deal with the situation. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.
The school declared extensive damage to its Whiteley Hall and water damage to the school gymnasium. The cause of the fire has not yet been announced.
“We are incredibly grateful for the swift response from the emergency services, who responded within minutes to keep our young people safe,” the spokesperson told Manchester Evening News. “We cannot congratulate our wonderful young people enough for the way they have responded with such maturity to the situation.”
A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire Department said: “The fire involved one of the school’s concert halls, which was unoccupied at the time. Students and staff were evacuated and relocated to other parts of the building as a precaution.
“Respirator-wearing firefighters used two hose reels, positive pressure ventilation, thermal imaging camera and lighting to extinguish the blaze. Fire crews were present for several hours.”
“THANKS for the many wishes after our little fire last night. The students and staff are all safe,” read the school’s Facebook post. “Some of our phenomenal youngsters are even giving concerts live from Stoller Hall tonight. Log in if you want to show them your support. We are so proud of them today and always. “