UPDATE: Pictures show large blaze at primary school

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Fire crews were scrambled to a large fire at a primary school in Castleford.

Eight fire engines attended the blaze at Airedale Junior School, in Fryston Road, after being called out last night at around 7.15pm.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service officers used four large jets and six breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire, which was in the roof of the building.

The school tweeted: “Airedale Junior School will be closed until further notice due to fire. We will keep you informed.”

Airedale Infants is also closed.

Firefighters are carrying out investigations into how the blaze started. No one was harmed.

Schools, community organisations and individuals tweeted the school, which is due to break up for the summer holidays next week, with messages of support.

Airedale Academy said: “Our thoughts are with the staff and students @AiredaleJuniors. We hope you get up and running once again really soon.”

St Micheal’s CE Academy said: “We’re also sending our thoughts and best wishes to @AiredaleJuniors this morning while they deal with fire damage. We are glad everybody is safe.”

Paula Pugh said: “So sad about our local school @AiredaleJuniors was on fire.”

5TownsChurch tweeted: “@AiredaleJuniors oh no, shocking news, if we can help in anyway please let us know.”

And James Clare said: “I hope the fire @AiredaleJuniors isn’t as bad as it sounds.... #ChildhoodMemories.”

A JustGiving page has been set up to help raise £200 for the school to support repair work.

It reads: “Such a devastating thing to happen to our community, all the hard work from the children and staff gone and the chance for all kids and staff to say their goodbyes for the school year.

“Now with only the summer hols to rebuild the school and I’m certain with very limited cash, I thought we could all club together even if it’s only £1 each we could help towards the repairs so our children can get a happy and safe place for their education.”

So far, £100 has been raised.

To donate, click here.

*Pic trues by Mark Nicholson