A series of arson attacks by three young teens resulted in two school fires in the Scottish town of Loanhead.
Two young teenagers have been charged over the deliberate fire which rendered old Paradykes Primary School to its frame.
Firefighters were called to the primary school in Loanhead at around 9.30pm on Saturday 5 November. Fears that there may have been somebody trapped within the blaze were rested after officers confirmed no one was injured.
15 firefighters tackled the outbreak from the exterior of the building due to the severity of the blaze. Scottish Fire and Rescue were still attending to the scene until 7am the next morning. Images of the schools aftermath show the remnants of the buildings shell and ash-stained, exposed brickwork.
In conjunction with the incident, a 15-year-old boy has been reported to the children’s reporter and a 16-year-old has been sent to the Edinburgh Sheriff Court to await verdict.
The Paradykes fire took place after another fire which devastated a centre containing learning and play equipment for children with special needs.
The Loanhead Community Learning Centre cabin was storing the equipment ready for the upcoming move to the new Loanhead Community Hub. Luckily, there were no casualties as a result of the fire, however these devastating effects will not go unnoticed. The £10,000 worth of damage has resulted in the deprivation of children, in need of their specialised resources.
The thousands of pounds worth of damage included disability accustomed bikes, costing around £800 per piece. The CEO Irene Hogg stressed that “it took years to raise the money to purchase those specialist bikes.” “The fact that it was a very secure unit we never thought this would happen.”
Another 15-year-old boy has been charged with the arson of the community cabin and has been reported to Children’s Reporter.
The Loanhead Community Learning Centre cabin may have been secure from theft, however it was not protected from fire.
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Original Sources: BBC News | Edinburgh News | Midlothian Advertiser