Could the Academy in Selsey have been saved from burning down?
It's a question many of the pupils and staff at the school have been asking themselves since the blaze on one Sunday morning in August.
The fire destroyed much of the school's main building. But, the closest crew, who were just 100 metres away, were unavailable - which meant the response was delayed by vital minutes.
It's part of a wider problem with hiring and maintaining on-call 'retained' fire crews.
Watch Sam Holder's special investigation below.
Sam Holder spoke to the following (in order):
Tony Morris, Former Firefighter Deputy Chief Gavin Watts, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Francis Bishop, Fire Brigade Union Tom Garfield, Headteacher at The Academy, Selsey