Millfield Prep School fire prompts explosion fear

  • 17 April 2013
  • From the section Somerset
Exterior of school
Image caption Fire crews have set up a water relay to help cool the cylinders

An exclusion zone has been placed around a school in Somerset after an outbuilding containing gas cylinders caught fire.

The fire started at Millfield Prep School, near Glastonbury just after 18:30 BST. A 200m cordon is in place.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said although the fire was now believed to be out the cylinders needed to be cooled.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

"On arrival crews found smoke issuing from a large shed and also discovered the roof was constructed of asbestos and that acetylene cylinders were involved in the fire," the brigade spokesman said.

"The fire is believed to be out and all persons have been withdrawn from the inner cordon."

Millfield Preparatory School is an independent school, which provides co-educational facilities for children aged between seven and 13 years.

It caters for more than 150 boarding and day pupils.

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