Emergency services rushed to John Gulson primary School in Foleshill, Coventry, after an explosion in the boiler room triggered by a gas leak shook the school and destroyed the walls and the roof of the outbuilding just before 11am. Three fire trucks, one water carrier and an ambulance are attending the scene, in a desperate bid to put off the blaze.
Pupils are not at risk as the school is currently on a break for the Easter holidays, but a man, believed to be one of the gas workers who was decommissioning old gas meters, was brought out of the building on fire by paramedics, according to Coventry Live.
There are no reports of other casualties.
Four members of the staff were inside the building when the fire alarm went off and they all left the premises, according to the site manager.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We have treated one man for burn injuries.
“He was treated at the scene and then taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.”
The man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A spokesman for Coventry Fire Station initially said there were four appliances at the school.
He said: “We have been called to a fire at a primary school in Coventry.
“So far four appliances have been sent to the school; three fire trucks and a water car.”
One fire truck left the scene one hour after the explosion happened, leaving three appliances dealing with the fire at the school.
A firefighter told Coventry Live: “The fire is still burning, and the fire service can’t turn the gas off yet because they have to wait for it to burn out.
“They can then cut the supply and extinguish the fire.”
A witness described the explosion as a “loud bang”, followed by a “thick black cloud of smoke”.
Mark Field, who lives just down the road from the school, said: “I was just standing on the corner with my mate and I heard a loud bang, I thought it came from the scrapyard at first but then I saw a thick black cloud of smoke coming from the school.
“Police came straight away, and then ambulance and the fire service with a platform.
“It’s a shame for the school. It’s a good job the kids weren’t there.”