UPDATE: Exning school fire: Police bail second teenager after arson attack

Exning school ANL-150409-093853001
Exning school ANL-150409-093853001

Police have arrested and bailed a second teenage girl on suspicion of arson following a fire at Exning primary school in the early hours of Friday morning, September 4.

The 17-year-old was arrested on Monday September 7, and was been taken into custody at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre by officers in connection with the blaze at the school in Oxford Street.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested on Saturday September 5, and has now been bailed to return to police on September 18, to allow further enquiries to be carried out.

Emergency services were called at around 12.50am on Friday to the blaze in Oxford Street.

The fire, which is now being treated as arson, is believed to have started in a shed next 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.

Exning 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 and then 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.

“The school is closed and, needless to say I along with the entire village, am not very happy, along every child that was looking forward to going to school today, some for their first day.

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.