Homefield School fire 'was deliberate'

Homefield School fire
Image caption The private school closed its doors suddenly in January 2005

A blaze at a derelict school in Hampshire is thought to have been deliberate, the fire service has said.

Crews were called to Homefield School in Salisbury Road, Christchurch, at 20:10 BST on Wednesday.

More than 45 firefighters and six fire engines attended the blaze until 02:30 BST Thursday. No-one was hurt.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "The severity of the fire meant there was little evidence for our fire investigation officers to work with".

It added: "There was significant fire heat and smoke damage to the building".

Homefield School closed its doors in January 2005 amid protests by pupils and parents. It had debts of nearly £1m.

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