Sunderland nursery blaze was arson, say fire crews

The fire broke out early this morning. Image by Google Maps.
The fire broke out early this morning. Image by Google Maps.

Firefighters believe a blaze at a Sunderland nursery school was started deliberately.

An outdoor shed at Pennywell Early Years Centre, on Portsmouth Road, was destroyed after a fire broke out early this morning.

The blaze spread to a second shed, which also suffered fire damage.

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 2.55am this morning, eight firefighters from community fire station in North Moor attended Portsmouth Road in Sunderland.

"This was a single-storey building used as a nursery.

"The fire was in an outdoor shed, which was 100% severely damaged by fire.

"The fire spread to a second shed, which sustained 20% moderate fire damage.

"The fire was extinguished using one hose reel. Two breathing apparatus' were also used.

"The cause is suspected malicious ignition."