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."
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.
Police are at Millais School in Horsham in Sussex today, continuing their investigations into a severe fire at the building. Flames broke out yesterday and pupils were evacuated. No one was hurt, the cause is still unknown.
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.
Investigations are continuing at Millais School in Horsham after a fire on the third floor at about 3pm today.
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.