BREAKING NEWS: Eastbourne school gutted in suspected arson attack


Shinewater Primary School has been severely damaged by a fire in the early hours of this morning (October 12).

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is being held in police custody.

More than 60 firefighters have spent the night tackling the blaze at the venue in Milfoil Drive.

A spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “Ten appliances from Eastbourne, Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Bexhill, Seaford, Bohemia Road Hastings, Battle and Heathfield along with the Incident Command Unit were mobilised to the scene at 12.50am on October 12.

“Crews are using breathing apparatus, foam, hose reel jets and main jets to tackle the blaze.”

Police later arrested the teenager.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said, “We would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious in the area.

“Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting reference 0033 of 12/10.”

The school will remain closed in the coming days.

Stuart Gallimore, East Sussex County Council director of children’s services, said, “The fire began in the early hours of this morning and damage has been caused to around half of the teaching areas of the school, in areas used by Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

“The school and the council are working together to find alternative provision for the pupils as quickly as possible. However, our first priority has to be the safety of the children.

“At this stage we don’t know the cause of the fire. This has been an upsetting incident for everyone concerned with the school but we’re thankful that no-one has been hurt and we’d like to thank the fire service who have worked through the night to tackle the blaze and its aftermath.

“We will continue to keep parents informed of the situation as it develops in the coming days.”

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