Boy, 14, arrested over primary school fire

The BBC is reporting that a 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a fire partially destroyed a primary school in Eastbourne. 

The blaze began at Shinewater Primary School in Milfoil Drive just after midnight. There were no injuries but damage to the school is extensive.

Fire crews from Eastbourne, Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Bexhill, Seaford, Hastings, Battle and Uckfeld tackled the blaze.

Sussex Police said the boy had been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The school is closed until further notice as the ground floor, first floor and roof of the building have been destroyed.

Richard Fowler, East Sussex Fire and Rescue said: “The investigators will be looking closely at the scene today, looking at the evidence and trying to establish what the cause of the fire was.”

Parent Peter George Allen witnessed the fire. Writing on Facebook, he said: “The head teacher had just walked past us and looked to be in tears.

“Cannot believe what I am watching here and it’s a horrible feeling having to tell Francesca tomorrow.”

Head teacher Theresa Buttery said: “We’ve lost about 50% of our teaching space. All our year three, four, five and six classrooms are affected by this.”

Stuart Gallimore, East Sussex County Council director of children’s services, said the school and council were working together to find alternative provision for the pupils as quickly as possible…

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  1. BehaviourA

    So sorry to hear this and thoughts with the children and staff as they work through this. An excellent, supportive school. So sad.

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