Simpson Street School fire: Arson investigation continues after devastating Sunderland blaze

Police officers investigating a suspected arson attack on one of Sunderland’s historic buildings are continuing their inquiries days on from the blaze.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 10:32 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 11:07 am

The roof of the former Deptford school was severely damaged in the blaze, which took place on Tuesday, January 28, with firefighters spending more than four hours at the scene to bring the flames under control.

After previously confirming that the force was treating the cause of the fire as arson, a Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed to the Echo on Monday that no arrests have yet been made, and that inquiries into the attack are ongoing.

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The aftermath of the former school fire aftermath, in Ayre's Quay Sunderland.

Opening as a school in 1847, the building was given listed status in the 1990s.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact 101 quoting reference 922 280120.

The former school site has been left damaged by fire.