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'Heartbreaking' fire at Parracombe Primary School tackled

Parracombe Primary School
Image caption Ms Peacock said firefighters had managed to save the oldest part of the school

A head teacher has described a major fire which destroyed three-quarters of her school in North Devon as "heartbreaking".

About 30 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at Parracombe Primary School on Tuesday morning.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said crews remained at the scene to investigate the cause.

The blaze started at about 06:45 BST and the fire service said no-one was injured.

'Very sad day'

Head teacher Jayne Peacock said: "It's horrendous, it's never the kind of thing you'd ever think you'd have to deal with as a head teacher.

"There has been significant damage to a classroom, staff room and kitchen area.

"It's a very sad day," she said.

Five fire engines from Lynton, Combe Martin, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe tackled the blaze.

Ms Peacock said firefighters had managed to save the oldest part of the school.

She added that she was unsure when it would reopen.

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