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Investigation ongoing, school fire may have been arson

by Malcolm Shaw

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.

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Full report on Millais School fire in Sussex

by Malcolm Shaw

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.

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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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