Fire reported in toilets at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School believed to have been started deliberately

Bury St Edmunds County Upper School. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bury St Edmunds County Upper School. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Firefighters in Bury St Edmunds have been called to a fire reported in the school toilets at County Upper School this morning.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue was alerted at 9am to a building fire in Beetons Way.

A fire service spokesman said that three crews attended – two from Bury St Edmunds and one from Newmarket – to a fire reported in the boys toilets of one of the buildings.

On arrival, one hose reel was taken inside, but the fire was believed to have been already extinguished.

A fire service spokesman said it is understood to have been started deliberately but it is not yet clear how the incident may have happened.


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The police control room said that police and fire forensic teams are investigating, and confirmed that no-one was injured.

Vicky Neale, headteacher at the school said: “It started well before the start of the school day.

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“As they arrived they were sent straight out to the school field in accordance with our evacuation procedure.

“The fire service commended the arrangements of the evacuation and the fire doors.”

She added that the children behaved “impeccably throughout” and said that because it had started before the school day began it was not yet clear how it started.

Mrs Neale confirmed that all pupils were able to go to their second lesson of the day as normal at 10am, and that no children were at risk throughout.

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