Firefighters tackle blaze at historic college

Stonyhurst College
Stonyhurst College

Fire fighters from across the county raced to a blaze in a dormitory at Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe.

Two crews from Clitheroe have just managed to put out the fire at the 800-pupil independent private coeducational Catholic boarding and day school that is guided by the principles of the Society of Jesus.

Because it is a historic Grade I listed building multiple crews from across Lancashire, including two engines from Preston fire service, were called to the scene.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “It has just been extinguished recently.

“It is such an old, important building and so a number of crews were called to the scene.

“The crews will be there for a couple of hours to make sure that it is safe.”

A spokesperson for Stonyhurst said the college is yet to assess the damaged caused by the fire.

The spokesperson said: “A small fire broke out at Stonyhurst this afternoon in a boarding bedroom in one of the dormitories.

“The college’s fire alarm system was activated and all pupils were evacuated, have been accounted for and are safe.

“The fire services responded within minutes and were quickly able to contain and extinguish the fire.

“As a precaution, temporary alternative boarding accommodation has been identified for a small group of boarders.

“We have yet to assess the damage caused by the fire or indeed to establish the cause.”