South East Wales

Temporary rooms after Cynon Valley infants school fire

The charred school building after the blaze
Image caption Temporay classrooms are being prepared for infant school pupils

Work has begun to install temporary classrooms for pupils of an infants school destroyed by fire.

Ynysboeth Infants School, in Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, was devastated by the blaze last week.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council said it hoped to move pupils to the Ynysboeth Junior School site as soon as possible.

Police and fire investigators are continuing to look into the cause of the blaze, which broke out just before midnight last Thursday.

At the height of the blaze, more than 50 firefighters were tackling it, with 14 different fire engines and support vehicles.

The site is being treated as a crime scene while investigations into the cause of the fire get under way.

The local authority had said about 80 infant school pupils needed to be relocated for the final few weeks of the summer term.

'Learning environment'

The council said schools across the county borough had offered the use of learning materials and resources.

Councillor Eudine Hanagan, cabinet member for education, lifelong learning and skills, said: "Work continues with other emergency services to establish how this tragic incident happened.

"However, our main focus at this time is to do all we can to return the pupils to the learning environment and we are hoping to have them in temporary accommodation on the junior school site soon.

"We are working with the staff, governors and parents at the school and keeping them updated on progress."

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