Investigation underway after fire at girls' school in Sussex

More than thirty firefighters tackled a blaze at a school in Horsham, Sussex on Thursday 20th March. An investigation into the cause is underway.

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Fire at a school is being treated 'as a crime' say police

A fire at a secondary school in Sussex is being treated as a crime, police confirmed tonight.

It broke out on the third floor of the building at the Millais School in Horsham on Thursday afternoon.

Examinations at the school suggests that the fire was started either deliberately or recklessly. No staff or students were injured in the blaze. It's likely that there will be a police presence at the school for a number of days.

Sussex Police said: "Officers, supported by fire service staff, are working closely with Millais School to ensure that this investigation can be progressed effectively whilst minimising the continued disruption to the pupils, staff and daily functioning of the school."

  1. Malcolm Shaw

Investigation ongoing, school fire may have been arson

Investigations have been continuing today into the cause of a fire which badly damaged a secondary school in Sussex. Several classrooms at Millais School in Horsham have been wrecked, and students' GCSE work destroyed.

All 1,500 girls at the comprehensive in Depot Road escaped unhurt. But it is thought that the fire may have been started deliberately. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees include:

Chief Inspector Howard Hodges, Sussex Police; Patrick Moore, a parent; and Dave Clark, a Maintenance officer.


  1. Malcolm Shaw

Full report on Millais School fire in Sussex

A school in Horsham has been evacuated during a fire - thought to have been started on purpose - broke out. Eye witnesses saw flames coming out of a third floor window of Millais school in Depot Road. Six fire engines were called out to deal with the blaze. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are student Rebecca Nugent and her mother Lorraine Nugent; and the school's Headteacher - Leon Nettley.


Road closures remain in place after Horsham school fire

Police are attending Millais School in Depot Road, Horsham, where an upper floor is on fire. The alarm was raised shortly before 3pm today. Firefighters are in attendance and there are no reports of any casualties. The school has been evacuated.

Depot Road has been closed between its junctions with Orchard Road to the west and Comptons Lane to the east. Police are assisting with parents collecting children in Highlands Road to the south of the school. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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