Remains of arson-hit outdoor classroom again set alight in Christchurch Park

Fire crews put out flames in Christchurch Park. Picture: JOHN RICHARDSON

Fire crews put out flames in Christchurch Park. Picture: JOHN RICHARDSON - Credit: Archant

The remains of an outdoor classroom set alight in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park have again been hit by fire.

A second fire at the building, in the park’s David Mapus-Smith orchard, was met with disbelief by the borough council.

On Monday, July 24, firefighters were called to the same spot at about 8.15pm. They discovered the outdoor classroom, which was built two years ago, in flames.

• See video of firefighters tackling blaze which destroyed outdoor classroom at Christchurch Park

Another fire ignited the remaining rubble this evening.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “Reports of a second fire at the outdoor classroom in the park are almost unbelievable.

• Outdoor classroom at Christchurch Park took five weeks to build - and one hour to burn down

“The original blaze was very upsetting and many park goers and other residents have voiced their concerns and anger. But for the remains of the building to be set on fire just a few days later is terrible.

“We urge anyone who has any information about this incident to contact the police.”

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The handcrafted structure took craftsman Richard King and his team five weeks to create, but was razed to the ground in less than an hour.

Mr King, who runs the Magic Garden Shed Company, told this paper he was ‘gutted’ by news of the fire.

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