A fire which has seriously damaged Exning Primary School is being treated as suspicious by police.
The school is closed today (September 4) following the blaze which was tackled by crews from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue.
Seven fire crews fought the blaze at the school after several calls from the public at around 12.50am.
Firefighters were able to use two jets to break up the fire and had the blaze under control by 2.47am. One crew remained at 4.10am damping down the scene.
The fire, which is currently being treated as suspicious, is believed to have started in a shed adjacent to the school and then spread to the main building. The shed has been completely destroyed and extensive damage has been caused to a classroom, the hallway and roof.
Police and fire service investigators will be attending the scene later this morning to determine the exact cause of the fire and whether it was a deliberate act.
A message on the school’s web site this morning said: “We regret to inform you that due to a fire at Exning Primary School in the early hours of this morning we will not be opening today. We will update you when we have further information.”
District Councillor Simon Cole said: “There is severe damage to the Owls classroom and it looks to me like someone set fire
To the little shed that sits in front of the classroom.
“The fire brigade must have got there pretty quickly as the fire reached the roof it looks like it was put out, if it had got any further or the fireman got there later, the whole school would have gone up.
“There are also other traces of minor vandalism near by that lead one to suspect arson.
“Needless to say I for one am not very happy, along with the entire village and every child that was looking forward to going to school today. Some for their first day at school ever.
“If anyone knows anything about how the fire started, please inform the police, if it was arson these people need to be stopped before they kill someone.”
Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area, or who has any information about this incident, is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting reference NE/15/1501.