Teens Arrested Over School Fire
19 December 2017, 10:09
Three teenagers have been arrested after a huge fire destroyed a former school in Newhaven.
Forty firefighters were sent to the former Grays School in Western Road, Newhaven, on Monday morning.
The fire caused extensive damage and thick black smoke was seen along the East Sussex coast.
A Sussex Police spokesman told Heart: "The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Firefighters are still hard at work extinguishing the fire at a disused school on Western Road, Newhaven. Local residents are advised to keep windows and doors shut. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/PZSZFTMINu— East Sussex FRS (@EastSussexFRS) December 18, 2017
"Three local children, two girls and a boy, all aged 13, have been arrested on suspicion of arson."
The group have now been released under investigation.
East Sussex County Council is now working with the fire service to secure the building.
The school closed in 2014 and later that year was declared surplus to requirements by East Sussex County Council.
The site has been sold to a developer, which has now received planning permission to demolish the school and build housing.