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Governor's pledge after Clayton-le-Moors arson attack
A SCHOOL has pledged to be back on track for the new term after an arson attack destroyed key facilities.
Damage costs at All Saints Primary in Clayton-le-Moors are expected to run into thous- ands of pounds after two fires were set at each end of the building.
Chairman of governors David Anderson said that alert neighbours who raised the alarm before the fire could gut the building had their heartfelt thanks.
The blaze at the Church Street school destroyed the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the classrooms.
Firefighters who fought the blaze at midnight on Tuesday said watchful neighbours had prevented the entire school from going up in flames.
Mr Anderson added that the school holidays would now present just enough time to get the building ready for children returning in September.
He said: “We are still waiting for an assessment from the insurers, but my personal estimate would be that it will be over ten thousand pounds.
“It’s unfortunate but the fact is we live in the sort of world where people target schools in this way.
“We are at least extremely lucky in the respect that we have good neighbours. The whole school could have gone up in flames but we have watchful neighbours.
“They raised the alarm in the middle of the night.
“We are very grateful to them for preventing any further damage, which could easily happened.
“The other thing to be grateful for is that it at least happened in the holidays. We have a few weeks to get everything back in place.”
Following the incident, a former pupil appeared before magistrates charged with arson at the school.
l A 22-year-old woman faces two charges of arson, one relating to the building and the other damage to a wheelie bin. The case will be heard at Burnley Crown Court in November.
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