Aylesbury School Fire Update
23 October 2011, 06:00
Heart has been told no one has been arrested after £100,000s of pounds worth of damage to the grammar school in Aylesbury.
The fire at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar is thought to have started in a plastic bin near a shed used as a tuck shop around 4am on Friday, September 23.
The shed then set fire to the upper floor of the humanities building, causing a lot of fire and smoke damage. The building is still out of use.
Three temporary classrooms are being installed over the half-term. A temporary kitchen and dining room will put in, in the next few weeks.
The school estimates the damage will cost up to £400,000 by the time the buildings are repaired by next February.
PC Gareth Morley, from Aylesbury CID, said
“I am appealing for anyone who attended the school on the open evening to contact us if they saw any suspicious activity, especially on the school playing fields.
“I am also appealing for anyone who may have been outside near to the tuck shop, at the corner of the humanities building, during the open evening to please contact me.
“I would also like to hear from anyone if they were in the Thame Road or Oxford Road area on Friday at around 4am and saw someone acting in a suspicious manner.
“At this stage, we can not rule out the possibility that the fire was caused accidentally, however the circumstances are suspicious and the matter is being treated as arson unless investigations prove otherwise.
“Whether the fire was accidental or not, someone does know how it started so I would urge them to come forward now.”
Anyone with any information about the fire should contact PC Morley via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505.