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10:48am 12th April 2012
(Updated 10:48am 12th April 2012)

Flames have ripped through a Penzance school, prompting a battle to stop them engulfing the building.


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Heamoor County Primary has lost around a quarter of its roof after it spread from a bin.

Fire bosses say initial investigations show it may have been started deliberately. Police are picking over the scene looking for clues.

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Twenty firefighters from St Just, St Ives, Falmouth and Penzance were scrambled just before midnight on Wednesday. A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said, "We are using breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets."

Teams say, had it not been for the Easter holidays, the damage would have meant the school would have been forced to close on Thursday.

Watch manager Des O'Connell was first on the scene. He said, "Because it made the roof we wanted to stop that spreading and damaging the school so it could function coming back after half term. So crews were very prompt on the scene and got to work quickly on the roof, pulling off the concrete tiles and managed to stop it spreading."

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10:48am 12th April 2012

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