School blaze started deliberately

FIRE investigators have confirmed a blaze which destroyed a Suffolk middle school was arson and the remains of the building will have to be bulldozed.

FIRE investigators have confirmed a blaze which destroyed a Suffolk middle school was arson and the remains of the building will have to be bulldozed.

As shell-shocked staff at St Felix Middle School in Newmarket prepared to meet today to discuss what to do with its 400 pupils, fire crews finally left the scene more than 48-hours after the blaze took hold.

Scrutiny of the charred remains - which included a specialist fire dog hunting for clues - revealed that no petrol or white spirit was used to start Tuesday's inferno.

As the final fire crews were preparing to leave the site yesterday afternoon, the extent of the delicate nature of the building became apparent when a thunderstorm caused parts of the surviving structure to collapse.

Two boys, aged 13 and 14 years old, both from the Newmarket area, have been arrested on suspicion of arson and released on police bail pending further police inquiries after they were questioned by detectives at Bury St Edmunds police station.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.