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Headteacher says '... we'll pick ourselves up and move forward' after school fire

A school in Sussex is due to reopen again today after a suspected arson attack. The Yapton Church of England Primary School near Arundel was shut after an outbuilding was set alight on Saturday.

The Sussex Police and the fire service are investigating. The headteacher, Nick Sharp, thanked the local community for its support and said the school would open today, and the reception classes would be moved to the hall instead.

A statement on the school website said that there are fenced off areas on the way onto the school grounds and reception class children will need to be dropped off at the main hall doors on the playground.


Firefighters tackle bungalow blaze in West Sussex

Fifteen firefighters fought the flames at the bungalow in Henfield Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters in West Sussex spent three hours tackling a blaze at a bungalow in Henfield last night. The property was severely damaged, but firefighters said that 'Thankfully, the bungalow was unoccupied at the time'.

Up to 30 firefighters tackle house fire in West Sussex

Almost thirty firefighters were needed to tackle a blaze in Crawley Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters are due to return to a house on Gorse Close in Crawley later to reinspect the site of a fire. The building was almost entirely destroyed after the blaze on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were called to Gorse Close just before 7pm on Thursday

There are no reports of any injuries. Up to thirty firefighters from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service tackled the fire at its height.

Investigations underway into fire at West Sussex Industrial Estate

Firefighters called to Victoria Industrial Estate Credit: WSFRS

Six vehicles were alight when firefighters were called to the Victoria Industrial Estate in Burgess Hill. Two camper vans, one van and three cars have been completely destroyed

Four fire engines were on the scene Credit: WSFRS

More than 20 firefighters were called to the scene. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated although it is thought to be accidental at this stage.

Six vehicles were destroyed Credit: WSFRS


More than 70 firefighters tackle blaze at thatched property

A thatched fire has taken place in East Preston near Worthing

Firefighters have spent the night fighting a blaze at a thatched building in West Sussex. More than seventy were needed at the height of the blaze on Tamarisk Way in East Preston. It broke out at the two storey property last night.

Crews were called to the scene around 8.30pm on Sunday night. No one is reported to be injured. Crews remain at the scene damping down the embers.

The fire took place on Tamarisk Way in East Preston
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