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54 Firefighters Tackle Old School Blaze

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5:48am 20th March 2012
(Updated 5:48am 20th March 2012)

More than fifty firefighters have tackled a blaze at Camelford's old primary school, which police say was arson.

It broke out on Highfield Road just before midnight on Sunday night..

Crews from Delabole, Bodmin, Wadebridge, St Just and Launceston battled back the flames until the early hours, along with specialist equipment from St Austell and St Dennis.

Experts will begin trying to work out what sparked it later.

Teachers and pupils moved to a new site in September 2010.

Locals say officials should decide what to do with the old buildings more quickly.

On Pirate FM's Facebook page ex-pupil Mike said, "A real shame. I was there from 74 to 80. Was a good school." Local Emma said, "Real shame. maybe though it may hurry along something being done with the site!"

Police have launched a hunt for the arsonists responsible for starting the blaze. A spokesman said, "The building has been derelict for some time and there have been numerous reports previously of young people on the premises causing damage. Fire investigators and police scenes of crime officers carried out a joint investigation on Monday 19 March and police enquiries are continuing."

5:48am 20th March 2012

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