Pupils and staff are evacuated from school after 'huge explosion'

‘Huge explosion’ at secondary school sparks blaze and sends massive pillar of smoke billowing into the sky as pupils and staff are evacuated

  • A major fire broke out at Northfield Academy in Aberdeen following ‘explosion’
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue said blaze broke out on the roof amid building work
  • Firefighters got the fire under control after 2pm as smoke billowed into sky
  • Pupils and staff were evacuated as locals called major blaze ‘dramatic’

Pupils and staff were today evacuated from a secondary school in Aberdeen after a major fire broke out on the roof following a ‘huge explosion’. 

Fire crews were called to Northfield Academy in the Scottish city at around 1.43pm this afternoon, with video on social media showing smoke billowing into the sky. 

Scottish Fire and Rescue said firefighters sent five appliances, including four pumps and a height vehicle, after receiving a call from the school. 

Firefighters got the blaze under control from around 2.15pm, with photos on social media showing just a few plumes of smoke escaping from the building.

Building work is currently taking place at the school, with scaffolding visible around the site. It is not yet known how the fire started.

The fire could be seen for miles around, with photos online showing the thick black smoke billowing into the sky above the city. 

Police sirens could be heard in the distance as emergency services sealed off the area while concerned locals watched on. 

Scottish Greens politician Guy Ingerson called the blaze ‘dramatic’ and told the Evening Express he heard an ‘almighty bang’.

‘We went outside and just saw a massive column of smoke,’ he said. ‘When we heard the bang we could feel it too, it almost felt like the house shook a little.’  

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