Cause of Clarendon Primary School fire unknown - but arson not ruled out

Nearby residents watch as the former Clarendon Primary School burns.

Nearby residents watch as the former Clarendon Primary School burns.

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THE results of an investigation into the cause of a massive fire which destroyed a 128-year-old primary school building are "inconclusive" - but investigators are not ruling out arson.

Fire crews left the old Clarendon Primary School building in Clarendon Street at about 2pm today.

They have been tackling a blaze at the school, which was built in 1886, since 6pm last night.

A spokesman said the results were inconclusive and that a fire investigation officer had been to the incident but could not confirm the exact cause of the fire.

Assistant county fire officer Paul Argyle, the fire service's director of emergency response, said: “We were called to a derelict school building on Clarendon Street last night during a time that our whole-time firefighters were taking part in industrial action.

“Emergency fire crew – who are available during periods of industrial action – arrived at the incident within minutes.

“When they arrived, the fire was already well developed and smoke was coming from both ends of the roof with slates and tiles falling off – making the building a dangerous environment."

He said regular firefighters took over the incident later and stayed on the scene throughout the night.

The building was due to be demolished - even before the fire happened - but demolition is now likely to take place more quickly, council bosses said.

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8:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

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9:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

inconclusive" - but investigators are not ruling out arson.

No surprise there then !!!
maybe he is in the crowd in the picture watching :-) oh no am I allowed to say that :-(
inconclusive" - but investigators are not ruling out arson. No surprise there then !!! maybe he is in the crowd in the picture watching :-) oh no am I allowed to say that :-( PERCYPILCHARD
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9:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

calvin street says...

Replytohatersandscum wrote:
Here's some names of people who make stupid comments on the Facebook page of this story lets see the haters and scum stick up for these idiots who provoke the hatred I just reply to these scum
Paddy McGrath
Paul Johnston
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You are the biggest hater on this site. You offer no reasonable response to any debate. This isn't the facebook page if you hadn't realised. You appear a very angry person. Have you tried lying down in a cold bath.
[quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: Here's some names of people who make stupid comments on the Facebook page of this story lets see the haters and scum stick up for these idiots who provoke the hatred I just reply to these scum Paddy McGrath Paul Johnston William Ogden Phil kearsley Diane coney[/p][/quote]You are the biggest hater on this site. You offer no reasonable response to any debate. This isn't the facebook page if you hadn't realised. You appear a very angry person. Have you tried lying down in a cold bath. calvin street
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1:25am Wed 23 Jul 14

hoping4peace says...

blaa blaa blaa! keyboard warriors, hiding behind a keyboard!
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blaa blaa blaa! keyboard warriors, hiding behind a keyboard! name and shame??? take a long look at the elm grove abuse stuff! its all deflection from the real problems in society, yes, the eu has become a major issue, but not for the wealthy who voted for cheaper labour, its just slavery through the back door! the asbestos issue will be sorted by the fire brigade, instead of private contractors, saving the council 1000,s hoping4peace
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9:52am Wed 23 Jul 14

655321 says...

calvin street wrote:
Replytohatersandscum wrote:
Here's some names of people who make stupid comments on the Facebook page of this story lets see the haters and scum stick up for these idiots who provoke the hatred I just reply to these scum
Paddy McGrath
Paul Johnston
William Ogden
Phil kearsley
Diane coney
You are the biggest hater on this site. You offer no reasonable response to any debate. This isn't the facebook page if you hadn't realised. You appear a very angry person. Have you tried lying down in a cold bath.
Everyone has the right to be both stupid and ignorant, however he abuses that privilege.
[quote][p][bold]calvin street[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: Here's some names of people who make stupid comments on the Facebook page of this story lets see the haters and scum stick up for these idiots who provoke the hatred I just reply to these scum Paddy McGrath Paul Johnston William Ogden Phil kearsley Diane coney[/p][/quote]You are the biggest hater on this site. You offer no reasonable response to any debate. This isn't the facebook page if you hadn't realised. You appear a very angry person. Have you tried lying down in a cold bath.[/p][/quote]Everyone has the right to be both stupid and ignorant, however he abuses that privilege. 655321
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