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NEW CROSS: Pets in miraculous survival after school inferno
FIREFIGHTERS have rescued four pets from a school after a raging fire.
The site of Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Temple Grove School in Monson Road, New Cross, was engulfed by flames on April 6.
Sad staff and pupils feared the inferno had claimed the lives of two giant African snails and two goldfish trapped inside the gutted building.
But days later as firefighters began sifting through the wreckage they came across the school pets which had all survived unharmed.
Pupils have now been temporarily moved to the Mornington Centre in Stanley Street, New Cross, until a longer term solution can be found for the new school year in September.
This week children received a visit from parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford, Joan Ruddock.
A spokeswoman for the school said: "Ms Ruddock was taken on a tour of the school, stopping to see how magnificently the teachers had redecorated classrooms and how students were settling in.
"As she moved around the building, store rooms were filled with busy teachers unpacking recently received donations and orders for resources."
Debris is currently being cleared from the damaged site. It is hoped the school will one day be rebuilt, but it is thought the building will be inhabitable for at least two years.
Parents can visit haaf.org.uk for more information.