Huge fire at former Clarendon Primary School in Great Lever

VIDEO: Huge fire at former Clarendon Primary School in Great Lever

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

Firefighters are tackling the blaze at the former Clarendon Primary School

First published in News
Last updated
This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

  FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a huge blaze at a derelict primary school building in Great Lever.

The former Clarendon Primary School, Clarendon Street, went up in flames just after 6pm tonight.

Emergency fire crews — standing in for striking firefighters — are still trying to bring the fire under control.

Police have cordoned off the surrounding streets and have advised nearby residents to shut their windows and doors.

The roof is believed to contain asbestos, which could be harmful.

Slates are sliding off the burning roof and the gable ends are unstable.

Area manager Warren Pickstone, from the fire service, said: "When we arrived the fire was already well established.

"It is too early to say what caused it but we know it started in the roof.

"We are trying to make the area as safe as we can and contain the fire.

"At the moment there are flying slates and unsecure gable ends. 

"It is a dangerous site."

Residents say the large Victorian building has become a target for vandals since it became derelict about five weeks ago.

Related links

Fire crews believe the blaze could have been started deliberately.


MORE:


Danielle Unsworth, aged 20, from Great Lever, said: “We saw the smoke from another area and came over to see what was happening.

“We could see the roof burning and then the roof started to fall down. It was terrible.”

Sarah Parkinson, aged 19, from Halliwell, said: “I couldn’t believe how much smoke there was.

“All we could see was it collapsing and all of the flames.”

One resident, who asked not to be named, added: “It’s really scary. I have a family and a baby. We’ve been told to stay in our house and shut all the windows.”

An aerial platform arrived at the scene at about 8pm so firefighters could try to tackle the fire from the roof.

Several streets around the building have been cordoned off.

See all our pictures of the fire here.

This Is Lancashire:

Comments (24)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:19pm Mon 21 Jul 14

954job says...

We were driving past the school when we noticed a bit of smoke coming from the direction of the school. Within about 20 seconds, thick smoke was billowing from the rafters and drifting across Bridgeman Street. It's unbelievable how quickly it took hold.
We were driving past the school when we noticed a bit of smoke coming from the direction of the school. Within about 20 seconds, thick smoke was billowing from the rafters and drifting across Bridgeman Street. It's unbelievable how quickly it took hold. 954job
  • Score: 11

7:41pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Barbara44 says...

What a sad sight to see this old building on fire.
What a sad sight to see this old building on fire. Barbara44
  • Score: 26

8:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

swager123 says...

where have all the comments gone BN ?????
where have all the comments gone BN ????? swager123
  • Score: -3

8:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

swager123 says...

swager123 wrote:
where have all the comments gone BN ?????
it's ok there back !! Lol
[quote][p][bold]swager123[/bold] wrote: where have all the comments gone BN ?????[/p][/quote]it's ok there back !! Lol swager123
  • Score: -2

10:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade.

I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town.

Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available.

I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built.
Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade. I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town. Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available. I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built. Ernagy2
  • Score: -15

11:33pm Mon 21 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

I don't think it will take the sharpest minds in the police to even suspect who the culprits will be !!!!
I don't think it will take the sharpest minds in the police to even suspect who the culprits will be !!!! PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 11

1:59am Tue 22 Jul 14

DannyZS says...

The fire started on the first floor I was the one that rung the services I work at car sales in front of the building the flames were in the middle of the large windows at the front, then it popped the glass while I was on the phone the spread to the roof.
The fire started on the first floor I was the one that rung the services I work at car sales in front of the building the flames were in the middle of the large windows at the front, then it popped the glass while I was on the phone the spread to the roof. DannyZS
  • Score: 6

2:23am Tue 22 Jul 14

The Morrigan - Tuatha De Danann says...

So very sad to see this wonderful majestic Victorian building meet it's end like this. Visited this school before it closed and the ironwork in the roof was truly amazing reminding me of the former Market Hall, the spiral staircases were fantastic and fascinating! Heartbreaking to see how this fine old building survived two World Wars (including the Luftwaffe!) only to be destroyed by what appears to be vandalism. RIP Clarendon Street School.
So very sad to see this wonderful majestic Victorian building meet it's end like this. Visited this school before it closed and the ironwork in the roof was truly amazing reminding me of the former Market Hall, the spiral staircases were fantastic and fascinating! Heartbreaking to see how this fine old building survived two World Wars (including the Luftwaffe!) only to be destroyed by what appears to be vandalism. RIP Clarendon Street School. The Morrigan - Tuatha De Danann
  • Score: 25

3:14am Tue 22 Jul 14

chris25 says...

good to hear nobody as been injured ,general public or the emergency services.
good to hear nobody as been injured ,general public or the emergency services. chris25
  • Score: 6

8:35am Tue 22 Jul 14

Monty85 says...

De valued to be purchased on the cheap?? How long before a planning app slips through....
De valued to be purchased on the cheap?? How long before a planning app slips through.... Monty85
  • Score: 10

9:29am Tue 22 Jul 14

Blackrod says...

Thankful for the Emergancy Fire Crews. Makes the penny pinching cost of the regulars look even more selfish now. Maybe we should look at more volunteers and untrained fire fighters as drivers to cover the strike cost rather than cost more taxes to cover you perks. Well done for all who help with this fire.
Thankful for the Emergancy Fire Crews. Makes the penny pinching cost of the regulars look even more selfish now. Maybe we should look at more volunteers and untrained fire fighters as drivers to cover the strike cost rather than cost more taxes to cover you perks. Well done for all who help with this fire. Blackrod
  • Score: -15

9:55am Tue 22 Jul 14

fisherman1959 says...

Any idea's as to what could be built on that land ??
Any idea's as to what could be built on that land ?? fisherman1959
  • Score: 0

10:39am Tue 22 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

It was supposed to be being knocked down anyway and the land turned into a 'green space' for local residents, thanks to the corrupt Bolton Council having to always ruin our heritage and fine buildings!
I was hoping to go in and take pictures of this fine building before it was demolished :( RIP Clarendon Street School
It was supposed to be being knocked down anyway and the land turned into a 'green space' for local residents, thanks to the corrupt Bolton Council having to always ruin our heritage and fine buildings! I was hoping to go in and take pictures of this fine building before it was demolished :( RIP Clarendon Street School FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 4

11:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

Hollieanne says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade. I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town. Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available. I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built.
I take you don't live up Astley Bridge then and/or don't use the A666 much?
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade. I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town. Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available. I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built.[/p][/quote]I take you don't live up Astley Bridge then and/or don't use the A666 much? Hollieanne
  • Score: 1

11:06am Tue 22 Jul 14

bazzabasset says...

Blackrod you talk utter rubbish and from your comment you are the type of person that allows people to walk all over you and treat you how they like! How can you be thankful to the emergency fire crews they couldn't control the fire due to their lack of ability to use the equipment and as for fire fighters being penny pinchers the emergency crews have been making more money per day than a fully trained professional fire fighter. Their attendance times are terrible and they can't perform anywhere near as good as a full time fire fighter. Fire fighters aren't striking for more wages they are striking against the gov trying to rip up a contract that they both signed and fire fighters have honoured for some of them 20+ years so the gov can take more money from them for longer but give less back and force fire fighters to go into burning buildings up to the age of 60 which is just outright dangerous for all involved. An mp only needs to complete about 6 years to receive a full pension which won't have been attacked and reduced. If your mortgage company said they where ripping up your agreement and you had to pay more each month for even longer(even if you had nearly completed your agreed and signed term) but they where devaluing your house by up to 47% regardless of the market value would you just smile and say carry on mr banker thats fine by me!? I don't think you would! It's the same old tho. The gov screws the hard working back bone of britain and sits back and watches us fight amongst ourselves while they carry on claiming all they can with no cuts affecting their future and we all struggle on and in your views we should just accept it! Take endowment mortgages for instance, where them people not told they could pay this this and this and expect this in return? Didn't both parties sign the contract and look how that turned out. If I said to you pay me x amount for so long and you'll get this back at the end of the term then I suddenly said I wasn't giving you anywhere near that amount but you needed to carry on paying me more and for longer would you just roll over and do as I say? I hope you wouldn't. But hey let's just let the gov do as they please to us all shall we!
Blackrod you talk utter rubbish and from your comment you are the type of person that allows people to walk all over you and treat you how they like! How can you be thankful to the emergency fire crews they couldn't control the fire due to their lack of ability to use the equipment and as for fire fighters being penny pinchers the emergency crews have been making more money per day than a fully trained professional fire fighter. Their attendance times are terrible and they can't perform anywhere near as good as a full time fire fighter. Fire fighters aren't striking for more wages they are striking against the gov trying to rip up a contract that they both signed and fire fighters have honoured for some of them 20+ years so the gov can take more money from them for longer but give less back and force fire fighters to go into burning buildings up to the age of 60 which is just outright dangerous for all involved. An mp only needs to complete about 6 years to receive a full pension which won't have been attacked and reduced. If your mortgage company said they where ripping up your agreement and you had to pay more each month for even longer(even if you had nearly completed your agreed and signed term) but they where devaluing your house by up to 47% regardless of the market value would you just smile and say carry on mr banker thats fine by me!? I don't think you would! It's the same old tho. The gov screws the hard working back bone of britain and sits back and watches us fight amongst ourselves while they carry on claiming all they can with no cuts affecting their future and we all struggle on and in your views we should just accept it! Take endowment mortgages for instance, where them people not told they could pay this this and this and expect this in return? Didn't both parties sign the contract and look how that turned out. If I said to you pay me x amount for so long and you'll get this back at the end of the term then I suddenly said I wasn't giving you anywhere near that amount but you needed to carry on paying me more and for longer would you just roll over and do as I say? I hope you wouldn't. But hey let's just let the gov do as they please to us all shall we! bazzabasset
  • Score: 10

11:19am Tue 22 Jul 14

Ernagy2 says...

Hollieanne wrote:
Ernagy2 wrote:
Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade. I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town. Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available. I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built.
I take you don't live up Astley Bridge then and/or don't use the A666 much?
I use to live in Astley Bride and I travel to work there everyday. I pass that place everyday. The traffic increases year on year, it's nothing o do with the Mosque. I think the fuss is 'much ado about nothing' as Shakespeare would say.
[quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Don't think anyone should speculate on the causes of the fire - i think that's for the police and the fire brigade. I wish fellow boltonians wouldn't resort tp personal abuse i.e. calling people "scum". Children could be reading the columns and it does nothing to the image of Bolton as a "friendly" town. Mosques have there place in the town along with other churches for other denominations, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I always agree with Bolton council as to where they should be put. I'm not in favour of it being placed in heywood park, but I think the one on Blackburn Road should be okay - by the looks of the drawing it will be set back from the road and 80 parking places will be available. I don't think that people should object to every mosque being built.[/p][/quote]I take you don't live up Astley Bridge then and/or don't use the A666 much?[/p][/quote]I use to live in Astley Bride and I travel to work there everyday. I pass that place everyday. The traffic increases year on year, it's nothing o do with the Mosque. I think the fuss is 'much ado about nothing' as Shakespeare would say. Ernagy2
  • Score: -2

2:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stantheman133 says...

Death of a fine old building. I worked on that when I was self employed doing repairs to windows and doors in the 70's. Just shear waste.
Death of a fine old building. I worked on that when I was self employed doing repairs to windows and doors in the 70's. Just shear waste. stantheman133
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

dennis11* says...

'arson not ruled out'. my exact comment last night. a comment which obviously offended as it has been removed. freedom of speech? only for some of us.
'arson not ruled out'. my exact comment last night. a comment which obviously offended as it has been removed. freedom of speech? only for some of us. dennis11*
  • Score: 2

6:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

The area is very dominant with Muslims, I'm sure it'll be turned in to something to benefit their community.
The area is very dominant with Muslims, I'm sure it'll be turned in to something to benefit their community. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

dennis11* wrote:
'arson not ruled out'. my exact comment last night. a comment which obviously offended as it has been removed. freedom of speech? only for some of us.
Along with many other comments dennis, well we mustn't upset the natives around here... :-)
[quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: 'arson not ruled out'. my exact comment last night. a comment which obviously offended as it has been removed. freedom of speech? only for some of us.[/p][/quote]Along with many other comments dennis, well we mustn't upset the natives around here... :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 2

1:19am Wed 23 Jul 14

united99 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
The area is very dominant with Muslims, I'm sure it'll be turned in to something to benefit their community.
Yes spot on - if you don't like it .......tough live with it.
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: The area is very dominant with Muslims, I'm sure it'll be turned in to something to benefit their community.[/p][/quote]Yes spot on - if you don't like it .......tough live with it. united99
  • Score: -2

11:01am Thu 24 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

united99 ....


Aye up everyone the voice of the people speaks :-)
united99 .... Aye up everyone the voice of the people speaks :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 0

10:08am Sat 26 Jul 14

Hotshot5 says...

Everything ultimately has to go back y to Muslims. Pathetic. I live in the local area and attended Clarendon when I was young and for your information recently there has been white teenagers hanging around in the building area with a bunch of girls. So it is much more likely that it was caused by them. That is of course if I am to speculate just how everybody else is doing on here.
Everything ultimately has to go back y to Muslims. Pathetic. I live in the local area and attended Clarendon when I was young and for your information recently there has been white teenagers hanging around in the building area with a bunch of girls. So it is much more likely that it was caused by them. That is of course if I am to speculate just how everybody else is doing on here. Hotshot5
  • Score: -1

7:33pm Sat 16 Aug 14

StevieG9 says...

My grandma aged 57 was a teacher there for 30 years of teaching at that fine old building the year 1 class teacher mrs lally was devostated when she heard clarendon was on fire. She was nearly in tears
My grandma aged 57 was a teacher there for 30 years of teaching at that fine old building the year 1 class teacher mrs lally was devostated when she heard clarendon was on fire. She was nearly in tears StevieG9
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree