A horrific school fire broke out at vacant primary school in Newhaven at approximately 11am on Monday 18 December.
Eight fire engines and roughly 40 firefighters were rushed to the flaming atrocity at the former Grays Primary School in Western Road. The school had been derelict for a number of years and was, therefore, due to be sold on to investors because of being surplus to council requirements.
At its extensive in height, the fire was tackled by two fire engines with specialised aerial ladder platforms. The blaze was finally scaled down after almost 12hours of tackling the fire. One appliance remained on site to ensure there were no further flare-ups.
Reports of heavy black smoke could be seen stretching across the sky for miles from surrounding areas. Residing residents were warned by Sussex Fire and Rescue to avoid the area and keep all windows and doors closed.
Reports of squatters had been suggested to have unlawfully resided in the derelict school. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the fire which caused extensive damage to the empty building.
The blaze has been connected to three thirteen-year-olds, a boy and two girls, who were arrested on suspicion of arson for the school fire. The teens have now been released until further investigations into the outbreak have been completed and conclusions have been drawn.
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Original Sources: ITV News | BBC | Daily Mail | East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service