08 Aug Highbury Leisure Swimming Pool Fire
Twenty-seven pupils from Year 3 were finishing their morning swimming lesson at Highbury Leisure Centre, in Highbury Crescent, on Tuesday 25th September when teacher Mr Licata heard the fire alarm.
The Year 3 class were quickly rushed out of the building while still wearing their swimming costumes.
“The children were very calm and well behaved,” Mr Licata said. “The staff at the pool were very professional and organised. There was a real community spirit shown, with members of the public helping unwrap foil blankets for the children.”
The Highbury school specialises in teaching children with hearing impairment. Some pupils lost hearing aids in the fire, along with uniforms and homework.
Mr Licata said that when the alarm sounded a few members of the public in the changing room seemed to think it might be a drill.
“I told them: ‘Get out now.’ I couldn’t smell any smoke, but when I doubled back while we were leaving to check we had- not left anyone behind I saw smoke coming from the roof,” he said.
He quickly notified colleagues at the school in Laycock Road and walked his pupils the short distance back to their classrooms, where they were promptly clothed in uniforms from lost property.
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