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Live updates as fire breaks out at Clarendon College site in Nottingham

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The emergency services were called overnight to a fire at an old college site in Nottingham. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident at Clarendon College, in Pelham Avenue, at 1.54am on Thursday (May 5).

Six fire engines were called out from the Stockhill, London Road, Arnold, Highfields and Mansfield fire stations. A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “I can confirm we attended Clarendon College and that we are due to go out with the police for a further investigation today.”

It is currently not known if anyone was injured, the spokeswoman confirmed. Photos from earlier this morning have shown at least two police cars at the scene of the site, located off the A60 Mansfield Road in Gregory Boulevard.

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Preliminary work started last year under plans to transform the site into a new 1,200 secondary school called Bluecoat Trent. Nottingham College, which now has a new city hub, transferred ownership of the building to LocalED.

LocalED is an arms-length property company belonging to the Department for Education. More than £5 million in council grants will be used to transform the college building into a new secondary school amid rising pupil numbers in Nottingham.

Nottingham City Council recently gave notice that prior planning approval wasn’t necessary so demolition work at the old college site could start. The DfE will manage the redevelopment and new school build ready for 2023.

It comes just weeks after a raging fire ripped through a former college site in Clifton. The fire left a trail of shattered glass and blown out windows. This is a breaking news incident. Follow our blog for live updates as we get them.

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