MORE than 30 firefighters tackled a severe fire at a primary school in Droitwich that broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Service were called to St Joseph’s Primary School at 1.45am, crews used water jets and compressed air foam to extinguish the flames.

The fire service will remain there today to ensure it does not re-ignite.

It is not yet known how the blaze began and fire investigation officers are currently at the scene trying to determine how the fire started.

Headteacher of the school Cath Bryan described the blaze as 'devastating' but said she is 'thankful no-one was hurt.'

She said: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that there has been a fire at school overnight. School is closed to all students and staff until further notice. We are thankful no one is hurt and will keep you informed as things develop. Thank you for you support at this time."

The head also thanked the fire service for their support.

She added: "Thank you Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service for your quick response in dealing with the overnight incident at our school and your ongoing investigations."

Area Commander Ade Elliott said: “Upon arrival, our crews were faced with a single storey building that was well alight. Fortunately, the fire has now been brought under control by our firefighters.”

He continued: “We are still dealing with the incident and will remain at the scene today. I’d like to thank all of the emergency services and other agencies for their hard work throughout the night..”

Ambulance and Police also attended the incident and Ombersley Way was closed off, which is now open.