30 July 2005

Primary school fire 'deliberate'

BBC

A fire at a County Down school is thought to have been started deliberately.

The blaze erupted at St Colman's Primary School in Kilkeel at 0730 BST, and two classrooms were damaged.

Graham Crossitt from the Fire and Rescue service said a number of tables had been set alight in the corridor.

"Two classrooms were smoke logged," he said. "We believe the fire was started deliberately but this is being investigated by police."

Local Sinn Fein councillor Martin Connolly condemned those responsible for the arson attack.

"The people responsible for this despicable attack on St Colman's Primary School have deprived the people of Kilkeel of a vital amenity," he said.

"Effectively school children who would be entering their final year of primary school in September will be the ones who must suffer."

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