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Fire crews tackle blaze in chemistry laboratory at Ashford's Highworth Grammar School

Fire Engineby James Scott

A fire broke out in a science laboratory at an Ashford school this morning.

Three fire engines were called to Highworth Grammar School at about 6am after a caretaker discovered the blaze.

Crews from Ashford and Folkestone went to the school, in Quantock Drive, after reports a science classroom was full of smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze in a heavily smoke-logged by 7.50am.

Head teacher Paul Danielsen said: "The fire brigade were called immediately and they quickly put out the fire. The cause is being investigated but it looks like an electrical fault – possibly a faulty power supply."

He added the school was open as normal, but a classroom would have to be refurbished.

No students had to be evacuated and no injuries were reported.

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