A primary school destroyed in a fire last week did not have a sprinkler system, it has emerged.

A major blaze ripped through Harrington Junior School in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, on 28 May during refurbishment work.

Last year, the county council spent £30,800 replacing its fire doors.

But the authority said it was not fitted with sprinklers “in line with building regulations due to the age of the building”.

Nobody was injured in the fire and investigators concluded the cause was accidental.

The county council said “sprinklers are only fitted on new school buildings in Derbyshire or those undergoing significant, extensive refurbishment”.

It said pupils would be taught in schools in the surrounding area while the council looked to set up temporary accommodation in time for September.

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