UPDATE: Explosion at Hazeley School

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HAZELEY Academy is open as normal following a frightening explosion hospitalised a teacher and a six-year-old boy yesterday (Wednesday).

Fire, police and air ambulance crews were called out to the school at 1.04pm after reports that a fire had broken out in a science lab.

The school confirmed that a science teacher was carrying out work in the prep room for a ‘tried and tested demonstration, involving flammable substance when some of her clothing was ignited.’

The teacher, 35, and a six-year-old boy, believed to be the child of another teacher, were injured.

The fire service confirmed: “A 35-year-old female was airlifted to Stoke Mandeville Hospital for treatment to burns to her face and body, where she is in a stable condition. A six-year-old boy was also taken to hospital with superficial burn injuries to his face. He is also in a stable condition.”

A statement from the school read: “No Academy students were present or involved. Staff on the scene are reported to have been praised by emergency services and later by a hospital consultant for their quick response and first-aid.

“The science teacher was air-lifted to hospital where although badly injured, she was last reported as being ‘comfortable’.

“A young boy, a child of another teacher was present but is reported to have escaped with minor injuries. He was discharged the same day, is at home and looking forward to returning to school very soon.

“The Principal, Mr. Bennison, attending a National Conference in Birmingham at the time, returned immediately and praised his staff for their expert handling of the situation.

“The Academy is in frequent contact with the hospital and the family of the teacher.

“The sequence of events that gave rise to the incident itself is not yet clear. The Health and Safety Executive are carrying out a full investigation and until that is complete, there will be nothing further to report.”