A NURSERY has been forced to close temporarily after a fire ripped through its building.
St Thomas’ Nursery in St Annes was due to reopen today after the half-term break, but will now remain closed for at least another week after Friday’s fire, which is believed to have been sparked by an electrical fault.
The fire broke out at around 8.40am and was seen by St Thomas’ School’s caretaker, who raised the alarm.
Watch manager Steve Chappell said: “When we arrived there was quite a lot of smoke coming out.
“There is severe fire damage to the play area, and heat damage to the rest of the building.”
Watch manager Chappell said because the nursery – a prefabricated building separate to the school building on St Thomas’ Road – was open plan, the fire was able to spread inside.
He added: “We are still investigating the cause, but it looks like an accident due to a faulty appliance.”