Tavistock school shuts as building work triggers alarm
An infants school undergoing building work closed early for half-term after its kitchen was flooded.
St Rumon’s Church of England infants school in Dolvin Road, Tavistock, was evacuated on Wednesday after its fire alarm went off.
It is believed the alarm may have been triggered by dust caused by builders who are
replacing the roof of the Victorian building.
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In a statement, the school said water had come out of electrical sockets and there had been “up to ten centimetres on the floor”. The school said the builders “assure us they have fixed the [flooding] problem but that it will continue to be damp for a while.”
Children were evacuated to the town hall, in accordance with the school’s emergency plan, after the alarm sounded.
The statement added: “We cannot disable the fire alarm and cannot risk a day of walking a school full of young children up and down to the town hall if the alarm is going to keep being activated by dust. The builders assure us that they are going to accelerate the works once we are not underneath the roof and the main building should be fully tiled by the time we get back after half-term.”