Investigation after 10 children and teacher suffer electric shock at Burnley school

An investigation has been launched after 10 children and a teacher suffered an electric shock at a Burnley school.

Pupils between the age of seven and 11 were injured along with a female member of staff who suffered burns after reportedly touching a metal object at Briercliffe Primary School earlier today.

The teacher was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and four pupils were also taken for treatment on minor injuries accompanied by their parents.

The incident happened around 13-04pm following a power cut in the Briercliffe area.

Children were evacuated from the school which has now been closed for safety reasons.

It is not clear what caused the children and teacher to suffer an electric shock but engineers from Electricity North West have been on site investigating.

Rob Blanchet, headteacher at Briercliffe Primary School, said: “Ten children and a teacher received an electric shock. The teacher has been taken to hospital and the children, who are between the age of seven and 11, are being treated on site by paramedics.

“It is too early to say exactly what happened. The cause of the problem is currently being investigated by the electricity company.

“The school is closed at the moment until the site has been made safe. As things stand, we don’t know whether we will be able to open the school tomorrow.

“We are receiving support from safety experts and colleagues from Lancashire County Council and other organisations.”