School ar­son at­tack dam­age to cost £250k

April 1994

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

THE ar­son at­tack which de­stroyed two class­rooms in Beth­le­hem School in Wick­low town last Mon­day and caused se­vere smoke dam­age to the rest of the build­ing is likely to cost in the re­gion of a quar­ter of a mil­lion pounds, school au­thor­i­ties be­lieve.

Dev­as­tated school prin­ci­pal Sis- ter Ros­aleen said on Wed­nes­day while a full as­sess­ment was be­ing waited, the fi­nal fig­ure is likely to be ‘as­tro­nom­i­cal’.

Other sources close to the school be­lieve it will be well in ex­cess of £200,000.

The drama be­gan around 2.25 a.m. on Mon­day when the fire at the Green­hill Road school was dis­cov­ered by Garda Pat Costello and Conor Gil­martin, who im­me­di­ately con­tacted the emer­gency ser­vices. Fire bri­gades form Wick­low and Rath­drum were on the scene quickly and man­aged to con­tain the blaze to two class­rooms.

A to­tal of 250 pupils were af­fected by the fire and ma­jor con­tin­gency plans were be­ing made by the school au­thor­i­ties to find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days. There is no chance that the school will open be­fore the new school year in Septem­ber.

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