Two boys arrested after fire at St Marie’s Primary School and Nursery in Dunchurch Road, Rugby

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ARSONISTS have been blamed after a primary school in Rugby was set alight.

Emergency services were called to St Marie’s Primary School and Nursery in Dunchurch Road at 5.30pm on Saturday after members of the public saw smoke and flames coming from the building.

The blaze has damaged classrooms in the reception and nursery areas of the school.

Nobody was at the school at the time of the fire.

Two boys were arrested by police on Saturday night following the fire.

A spokesman for the school said: “The headteacher, Mark Walsh, and governing body of St Marie’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery are extremely saddened by the fire that occurred in the school’s Dunchurch Road site on Saturday evening.

“The school, local authority and Archdiocese of Birmingham are working closely together to develop a plan that will cause the least disruption for pupils and parents. However, due to the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday a final plan for next week will not be finalised until later this week. Therefore, parents are advised to visit the school website st-maries.com; Warwickshire website warwickshire.gov.uk; or listen to Rugby FM, 107.1 for the most up to date information.”

Warwickshire Police confirmed that one of the boys they arrested was 14 years old, while the other was under 14.

Following questioning they were released on bail pending further enquiries.

A police investigation was launched after Warwickshire Fire and Rescue said they believed the fire had been started deliberately.

Firefighters from Rugby and Southam were called to the scene.

A fire spokesman said: “A Fire Investigation Officer is currently carrying out an investigation in conjunction with the police.”

Police said three young people were seen in the vicinity of the school at the time of the fire. One was on a push scooter.

Witnesses or anyone else with information can call Rugby police on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.