Essex

Children held over Blue House Farm Community Centre arson

Blue House Farm Community Centre, Laindon Link, Laindon Image copyright Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Firefighters were at the Blue House Farm Community Centre in Laindon for more than six hours on Sunday

Two 12-year-olds have been arrested in connection with a fire at a community centre.

Blue House Farm Community Centre and the adjoining social club in Laindon were evacuated after a fire broke out on Sunday afternoon.

The fire started in the roof area of the building.

A boy and a girl were arrested at their homes in Basildon on suspicion of arson and later released on police bail until 6 May.

Image copyright Essex Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Fire crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the social club next door

Divisional officer Moira Bruin said: "When crews arrived at the incident they were faced with a very well-developed fire in the roof void."

She said fire crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the social club next door.

Nobody was injured.

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