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More than 80 firefighters are tackling a large fire at a school in Dunfermline.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to Woodmill High School on Sunday afternoon, and 15 appliances have been sent to the scene.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens said: “This is a very large and complex incident and our firefighters continue to work in difficult conditions to extinguish the flames.

“The fire has taken hold within the main building of the school, however we are working around and within the building to limit fire spread and extinguish the flames.”

More than 80 firefighters are tackling the blaze. Pic: @Euans_EP
More than 80 firefighters are tackling the blaze. Pic: @Euans_EP

Mr Stevens warned that it is likely to be a prolonged incident, and those living nearby are being urged to close their windows and doors because of “high volumes of smoke”.

On Twitter, Woodmill High School confirmed it will be closed to all students today. Monday is not a bank holiday in Scotland.

Shelagh McLean, head of education at Fife Council, told The Scotsman that the fire is “devastating news for staff, pupils and the school community”.

She added: “We are all really shocked and upset to hear that there has been a significant fire at Woodmill High School. Thankfully no one is hurt.”

The school is going to remain closed until the damage can be fully assessed, and pupils have been told to stay home and await further updates.

Autumn term begins earlier in Scotland than it does in England and Wales, and the new academic year had commenced at Woodmill High School last Monday.

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