Fountainbridge Fire: Tollcross Primary set to reopen for pupils on Tuesday following fatal blaze

TOLLCROSS Primary School is to reopen to most pupils on Tuesday following the fatal fire which tore through a tenement block just metres away.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 1:42 pm
The fire just yards from Tollcross Primary School claimed the life of one person

The Evening News reported how children playing in the grounds of the school were reduced to tears as the windows "blew out" of the tenement block following a suspected gas explosion.

The building was initially closed while inspection works took place to determine the "structural integrity" of the flats.

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But council education bosses have now announced the school and accompanying nursery would reopen from Tuesday morning as most pupils return to their school day.

However, students in primary six classes are set to be taught at nearby Dalry with remediation work still to be carries out on the tenement.

Affected pupils have been reminded to attend Tollcross Primary with entry via the Ponton Street entrance.

Arrangements will be made for primary six pupils to be escorted to and from Dalry where they will be taught by their own class teachers.

The fire just yards from Tollcross Primary School claimed the life of one person

The Community Centre remains closed as it remains within the safety cordon and arrangements are being made to re-schedule and relocate lets where possible.

Both the Breakfast Club and After School Club will operate from next week in the main school building as normal.

A Tweet from the school thanked nearby Dalry Primary for their support during the upheaval, announcing pupils would be back at the school following Monday's bank holiday.

Demolition work to assess and remove damaged parts of the building began on Thursday.

Police said they may have to rely on ‘forensic process’ to identify the victim, including the use of dental records.

Fountainbridge is to remain closed between Ponton Street and Gardner’s Crescent until the building is confirmed safe, with nearby residents still unable to access their homes.