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Harborne Primary School roof catches fire in Birmingham

Photo of the scene taken by Helen Coy
Image caption The fire was in the roof of the school

More than 60 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a Birmingham primary school.

A fire service spokesman said the roof had been on fire at Harborne Primary School, in Station Road.

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said all staff and pupils were moved to a safe place where parents could collect their children.

She added Station Road, Emerson Road and Wentworth Road had been closed and traffic disruption could be expected. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Surrounding homes and businesses had been left without electricity because a nearby substation was turned off as a precaution.

Image caption The cause of the fire is not yet known

Parents were asked to collect children who attend the infants section from St John's church hall and children who attend the juniors section from the Gala Bingo Hall. Both are in Harborne High Street.

Birmingham City Council said about 630 pupils attend the school.

A fire service spokesman said, at 0345 BST, one fire crew remained at the site to carry out a "watching brief".

"A request has also been made for a structural engineer to attend [later] to carry out an assessment of the building," she added.

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said the school would be closed on Thursday.

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