Fire breaks out at Suffolk school

MORE than 300 children were forced to leave a Suffolk school after fire broke out today.Suffolk Fire Service was called to Stradbroke High School following a fire in the boys' toilets.

MORE than 300 children were forced to leave a Suffolk school after fire broke out today.

Suffolk Fire Service was called to Stradbroke High School following a fire in the boys' toilets.

Headteacher Dave Shorten said: "At 1.30pm a couple of pupils reported smoke coming from the boys' toilets. We wanted to play it safe so we evacuated the school and called the fire brigade.

"At no stage was anyone at any risk.


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"I was very pleased with the sensible way the youngsters responded and the efficient way the building was evacuated."

"By the time the fire brigade got here the fire was already out but there has been some damage to the toilets."

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The 350 pupils who attend the school in Wilby Road, Stradbroke waited for 30 minutes on a tennis court before returning to their lessons at 2pm.

A Suffolk Fire Service spokesman described the fire as "suspicious."

Mr Shorten added: "It does look like it was deliberate and we are carrying out enquiries. The police have been informed and they have attended the school."

When asked if he thought the fire was started by one of the school's pupils, Mr Shorten said "possibly".

A police spokeswoman said they were treating the incident as suspicious but had not yet made any arrests.

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