Bridgwater College closed by fire

Bridgwater campus is closed to staff and students today, 18 February. This is due to a fire at the Campus last night. This is a precautionary measure whilst the cause of the fire is investigated and the fire service remain on campus. Two workshops Motorcycle and Motorsport have been affected.

People in the local area are being advised to keep their windows shut at this time and to avoid the area.

This building measures 80m by 60m. All the single storey sections of the building are involved in the fire. Crews are currently containing the fire and protecting fire spread to the other parts of the building. We still currently have 15 Fire Engines in attendance.

Councillor Leigh Redman, a Bridgwater councillor and member of the fire Authority updated us this morning. He told The Leveller “News reached me early this morning of a fire in what is believed to be motorsport building and motorcycle training area of the college. The area is at the rear of the college and was well alight when the first crews arrived. The job was quickly escalated and at peak there were 15 Fire Engines from Bridgwater, Taunton, Burnham on Sea, Nether Stowey, Street, Glastonbury, Wellington, Somerton, Cheddar, Winscombe and Weston Super Mare and various specialist appliances and officers dealing with it.

I am really pleased that no one appears to have been hurt. The response included Wholetime and On-Call firefighters. I want to thank all crews for their professional and perceptive response. I believe the decisions taken early in the incident helped limit spread. My thoughts are with anyone impacted by this devastating event and hope that it was not found to be a deliberate ignition”.

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