CREWS were called to a ‘suspicious’ fire at a derelict school building in Portsmouth this morning.
Firefighters from Cosham went to the old King Richard School building, off Allaway Avenue, which is currently being demolished.
A spokesman from the station said the fire was electrical and caused a lot of smoke.
‘The fire involved electrical cables that had been stripped from the building,’ he said.
‘We could see quite a lot of smoke from a distance although the fire itself wasn’t massive.
‘The company used a heavy set of shears attached to an excavator to weight down the copper wire so it’s caused a lot of damage to the equipment.
‘We suspect it could be up to £100,000 worth of damage.
‘The incident itself was suspicious.’
Cosham sent two appliances and used a compressed air foam system to extinguish the fire.
They were called at 5.55am.