Children start fire on school roof in night of arsons in Portsmouth

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  • Small blaze started at Cottage Grove Primary
  • Suspicious fires also started at Wlimcote House and Edgbaston House
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ARSONISTS set fire to a Portsmouth school last night.

Firefighters were called to Cottage Grove Primary School in Southsea at 7.27pm.

Children had tried to set the roof on fire and succeeded. Fortunately it hadn’t spread very far

Crew manager Adam Moseley

Crew manager Adam Moseley said the roof at the school in Chivers Close had been set alight and damaged a one metre square area.

He said: ‘Children had tried to set the roof on fire and succeeded.

‘Fortunately it hadn’t spread very far.’

Two appliances dealt with the fire and it was put out using a hose reel.

Mr Moseley added the arson investigation was now in the hands of police and lighters used to start the fire had been left on the roof.

Firefighters from Southsea were then called to three suspected arsons in the early hours of today.

First two crews sent to Wilmcote House, in Tyseley Road, Somers Town, as a large wheelie bin had been set on fire at 1.21am.

Then they rushed to put out a scooter fire at Edgbaston House in Rivers Street, at 2.22am.

That blaze damaged the building’s fire exit as it was close to the building.

As crews were dealing with that incident, a man came over at 2.58am and told them a motorbike was on fire in Sedgley Close.

Mr Moseley added: ‘It’s all been arson, it’s wasting out time and obviously we could be attending another incident with life involved rather than putting out a scooter or bin fire.’

Meanwhile, in Gosport firefighters put out a motorbike after a report it was set on fire at 5.30am in Grange Close.

Neighbours had called in saying they saw three young men running away in the nearby alleyway.

Police tracked the chassis number and the bike had not been reported stolen.

A Hampshire Fire Service spokesman said the blaze was being treated as arson.