Earlham Kindergarten closed after fire in staff room

3:39 PM December 7, 2021

A fire team reached the scene of a fire at a Norwich nursery in less than three minutes, preventing it from causing further damage.

The fire started in the staff room of Earlham Kindergarten as children were at the scene.

Within three minutes of the alarm sounding, the children were all evacuated and firefighters brought the blaze under control.

The school, on Clarkson Road, is less than half a mile from the Earlham Fire Station on Ivy Road.

Due to the fire damage, the school, which caters for children aged two to six, was forced to close temporarily.

Director Carole Jacques said: “We were lucky the firefighters arrived so quickly and brought the blaze under control in the staff room.

“We are currently unable to open due to damage to a fire door.

“The response from the community has been so wonderful.”

Offers of help came from parents, St Elizabeth’s Church and Norfolk County Councilor Maxine Webb. A community group even donated £ 500.

Ms Jacques added: “We are working with Norfolk County Council on repairs so that we can bring the children back, but there is no specific date for the reopening.

“Hopefully we can open next week so we can celebrate Christmas with the kids. Santa is coming – we don’t want them to miss this.”

Dora W. Clawson