Crisis talks have been held to discuss the future of a Dundee secondary school devastated by fire.
Police have appealed for information following Tuesday night’s blaze, which left Braeview Academy in Whitfield severely damaged.
Footage of the fire, which broke out around 9.40pm, showed the school roof well alight and smoke billowing into the sky.
The school was closed to staff and pupils as fire crews continued dampening down the building, and it is unlikely to open again in the near future.
An emergency staff meeting was held at nearby Ballumbie Primary School on Wednesday morning to draw up contingency plans.
Parents with children at Braeview were later informed their kids will have to be taught at other schools in the city.
Claire Reid, whose 12-year-old son Jack is in S1, said: “I saw the news at around 10pm, jumped in the car and was gobsmacked. It was getting worse as time went on and the flames were getting huge. I’m devastated. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
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Claire, 29, who works as a carer at Gowrie Care Centre, said: “We’re just quite shocked and the reality is going to kick in soon. Jack’s only been at the school for about six weeks and was just settling in.
“We don’t know what school the pupils are going to be at now or if they’re going to put on buses.”
Cheryl Howie, 35, whose son also attends Braeview, said: “The fire was absolutely massive and I know the staff haven’t been able to get in so they can’t send any messages out.
“At the end of the day they have to think about kids’ safety but I hope they don’t scatter them all over town, because some of us don’t drive.”
Stewart Hunter, Dundee City Council’s director of children and families services, said: “This is a major blow to the entire community.
“We have various options and we will be working hard to get pupils back into school.
”The building is very badly damaged but it is too early to say what will happen next.
“Until a full assessment is carried out we won’t know what the best option is, if the building can be salvaged or if the damage is worse than that.
“We have been in this situation once before with Morgan Academy and we dealt with that. We will deal with this too.”
Dundee East MSP Shona Robison said: “I have been in touch with Dundee City Council and have asked for an update on the situation once they’re in a position to do so.
“The priority now needs to be to ensure minimal disruption to the education of our young people.”
Inspector Chris Boath, of Police Scotland, said: “The building was extensively damaged and inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.
“A joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will take place in due course.
“Thankfully no one was injured as a result of the fire.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time of the fire or who witnessed anything suspicious.”