Dramatic pictures show extent of Woodmill High fire in Fife as closure for staff and pupils announced

Woodmill High in Fife will be closed to staff and pupils on Monday after a huge fire ripped through the school on Sunday evening.

Monday, 26th August 2019, 7:26 am
Dramatic pictures show the fire taking hold. @Euans_EP

Firefighters were called out to Woodmill High, in the Abbeyview district of Dunfermline, at 5.05pm.

Multiple appliances and more than 80 firefighters were sent to battle a "very large and complex" blaze at the secondary school.

Hundreds of onlookers gathered around the building when the blaze took hold.

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Dramatic pictures show the fire taking hold. @Euans_EP

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Major fire rips through Woodmill High School in Fife

The school was closed for the weekend when it was reported and it has since been confirmed there were no casualties.

The blaze broke out in the Department of Additional Support, a single storey extension to the rear of the property.

The school, which is operated by Fife Council, dates from 1958. One of four high schools in the town, it is one of two still waiting for substantial modernisation works to take place.

Dramatic pictures show the fire taking hold. @Euans_EP

Shelagh McLean, Head of Education & Children’s Services said: "We are all really shocked and upset to hear that there has been a significant fire at Woodmill High School this evening. Thankfully no-one is hurt. The fire appears to have been contained to the Department of Additional Support and the dining hall. This is still devastating news for staff, pupils and the school community.

"Firefighters were on the scene promptly and we'd like to thank them for their hard work.

"Staff are on site but a decision has been taken to close the school to all pupils until the damage can be fully assessed. We will update pupils and parents as soon as possible tomorrow. "

Dramatic pictures show the fire taking hold. @Euans_EP