School fire was arson

A FIRE investigation has concluded that a blaze at an Ipswich school was an arson attack and police are now attempting to track the culprits.

A FIRE investigation has concluded that a blaze at an Ipswich school was an arson attack and police are now attempting to track the culprits.

The fire broke out in two semi-detached cottages on the St Joseph's College site in Belstead Road, between 9pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday February 21.

At the time of the fire the premises were not entered because the building was derelict and there was no threat to lives or possessions, however, fire investigators have since been into the building.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue said: “The investigation is now complete and it has been considered to be arson.

“We have informed police about the incident and they will be investigating from now on.”

The blaze occurred in the cottages at the back of the school site, near to the Birkfield Drive and Emmanuel Close, where building firm Carters is developing a new property for the school.

Most Read

The Carter site was broken into before the fire and around £1,000 of tools were stolen. Damage was caused to flood lights on the site and an attempt was made to get into a shed.

Police have confirmed they are searching for arsonists and thieves in relation to the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “Although the fire brigade could not state exactly what started the fire they believe it was arson.

“Police investigations have now started and officers are speaking to residents who live nearby.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw anything near to where the incident happened to come forward.”

Anyone with information can call Pc Catherine Steel at Ipswich police on 01473 613500.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter