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Arson suspected after fire at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

MORE than 60 firefighters were called to a massive blaze at a disused school in Chelmsley Wood.

MORE than 60 firefighters were called to a massive blaze at a disused school in Chelmsley Wood.

The fire- which is being treated as arson - broke out at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School on Wednesday evening. Fire crews were called to the Dunster Road premises at around 9pm and neighbours watched in amazement as the flames spread through the building.

Eyewitness Lisa Dixon, said: “I saw the smoke from my friend’s house nearby and it looked really bad so we followed the smoke to see what was going on.

“There was smoke everywhere and lots of people had gathered around the site. When the building collapsed everyone cheered.”

There were no reports of any injuries following the incident.

Firefighters donned special breathing equipment to enter the school and dowse the flames. For those parts that the fire crews could not reach, a specialist water tower was brought into action.

By 1am, the blaze had been extinguished, but firefighters remained at the scene into the next day - damping down the remnants of the building.

According to West Midlands Fire Service, 50 per cent of the premises was destroyed in the fire and some of the walls collapsed.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed yesterday that the fire was being treated as arson.

“We’re appealing for information. Anyone who might have been in the area and seen anything should call Chelmsley Wood police station on 0845 113 5000,” she said.

n St Patrick’s shut its doors as part of the north Solihull regeneration project. The scheme saw pupils relocated to nearby St Anne’s Primary School.

 

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