Huge fire rips through old Grimsby art college on Eleanor Street – live updates

Four fire crews are in attendance at the former art college on Eleanor Street in Grimsby this evening as a blaze rips through the grand old building.

The former Grimsby Municipal College (Wintringham Grammar School) opened in 1895 and was later the Technical school, art college and local education authority building, but now lies derelict. The empty shell has been a source of concern for local residents for a number of years.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that crews from Grimsby and Immingham scrambled to the scene after the fire was first reported at 5.14pm on Sunday, June 19. Eleanor Street is closed to traffic from Hainton Avenue to Heneage Road.

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Prolific local architect Herbert C Scaping designed the Grade II listed building, which displays his trademark roof cupola on the was built by Grimsby builders Hewins and Goodhand. The prestigious academy opened on Thursday, October 24, 1895 and was the local school board’s flagship institution.

After the Technical School closed it eventually became the Grimsby Art College, which closed in 1994. It was then sold to an anonymous property developer and plans were made to convert it to flats, but only a few flats were completed.

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