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Serious fire at Tipton RSA Academy

Firefighters are tackling a serious blaze which has broken out in three derelict school buildings in the Black Country.

The fire began on the site of the RSA Academy in Tipton at about 1900 BST, West Midlands Fire Service said.

Fifteen fire engines have been sent to the school premises in Gospel Oak Road and Bilston Road.

No-one is thought to have been hurt and the fire is ongoing. The academy has about 1,100 pupils and opened in 2008.

The two-storey buildings on fire occupy a space measuring about 20m (65ft) by 100m (328ft) and are made mainly of glass.

Due to a local water shortage, a high volume water unit has been sent for by firefighters. It has the capacity to pump 9,000 litres of water per minute (about 2,000 gallons) from up to 2km (1.2miles) away to the affected area.

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