THE FIRE Service College in Moreton will welcome hundred of students today - just hours after firefighters tackled an inferno at the national training base.

It’s business as usual at the internationally-renowned site despite the huge blaze at 9.15 am on Saturday.

More than 50 firefighters from three counties fought the fire at a single storey workshop on the site. It contained 1200 litres of diesel and 500 litres of hydrolic fuel.

Around 11 appliances were severely damaged by the flames along with the equipment inside the workshop.

The vehicles were worth £1.3million and belonged to the fire service. The cost of damage is estimated at beyond £2m.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was extinguished at 2.26pm. An investigation is now underway into the cause of the fire.

Many of the firefighters who tackled the blaze work at the college, which trains firefighters around the world.

Eight fire crews and support vehicles from Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire were also sent to the scene.

Fire College spokesman Phil Abraham said: “An aerial appliance from the college’s own fleet was used during the incident and the knowledge about the equipment of the members of the crews from Moreton and Stow who actually work at the college was important.

“It must have been a shock to them to attend a fire at their own place of work.”

Hundreds of students will arrive for courses at the college today.

Sally Sheen, chief executive of the Fire Service College, said: “The college will be open as usual on Monday morning and none of the courses will be cancelled. This is down to the efforts of all the fire crews from three local fire and rescue service, who were fantastic.”

The Chief Fire Officers Association has arranged to supply the college with six replacement fire appliances so it can continue to provide training for all fire and rescue services.

President of the association Charlie Hendry said: “The Fire Service College is a vital national training institution and we are doing all we can, in collaboration with fire and rescue services up and down the UK, to offer any support that’s needed.”