VIDEO: Aftermath of devastating Selsey Academy fire

Video footage the day after a fire at Selsey Academy shows the full extent of the catastrophic damage to the secondary school.

Monday, 22nd August 2016, 4:30 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:25 am
The Academy Selsey has announced a temporary structure is to be built

Speaking on Monday, the day after the fire, Lee Street, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service officer in charge, said it was the biggest fire the service has had to deal with in the county in the last five years.

Officers are still on the scene dampening down two hotspots, though the rest of the fire was extinguished on Sunday afternoon, after it had raged for more than seven hours.

The cause of the blaze is currently being investigated, and Mr Street said ‘nothing was being ruled out’.

The Academy Selsey has announced a temporary structure is to be built

He was also quick to praise the Selsey community for their huge contribution.

The scout hut immediately opposite the school was used as a base for the more than 100 firefighters battling the blaze, and an army of local volunteers provided them with hot food and drinks all day.

“The local people are to be celebrated,” Mr Street said.

TKAT, the trust which runs the school, is set to make a statement later reassuring parents of pupils who attend the school.

Selsey Academy fire the day after

It has already said that students collecting their GCSE results this Thursday will do so from SEAL primary school nearby.

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Most of the school was completely destroyed by the fire on Sunday, August 21

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The fire took hold on Sunday morning around 8am. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

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