Halloween fire at Northenden primary school was not deliberate say police

Police investigating the cause of the Halloween fire at Northenden Community School have  reassured residents it is not suspicious. 

The fire, which started at about 9pm on Friday October 31 destroyed the roof of Northenden Community School on Bazeley Road.

Officers attended and firefighters from Wythenshawe quickly brought the blaze under control. Head teacher Ian Beard has said the school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. He hopes it will reopen later in the week but has advised parents to make childcare arrangements for the whole week just in case.

There will be further updates on the school’s website.

Police, crime scene investigators and firefighters reattended the scene today and have ruled there is no evidence of deliberate ignition.

Inspector Luke Breakspear said: “It is a sad time when any damage is caused to school premises and especially so when fire is involved.

“I would like to reassure the community that we take any reports of this nature seriously and will continue to do so. I’m aware that there has been a recent fire in Northenden but as yet there is no evidence to suggest that these incidents are linked in any way.

“We are working closely with the fire investigators and school staff to offer support while dealing with this unfortunate accident. The damage is not irreparable but will cause disruption to the school. However, I’m confident with the community’s support the school will be able to continue.

“I anticipate the school will be closed for a few days at least and the headteacher will ensure all parents are updated as to how this will affect the school in the short term. I would like to thank you all the Northenden community for their continued support.”

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