Four teens charged in con­nec­tion with blaze

Po­lice: Three 15-year-olds and boy of 14 face al­leged wil­ful fire-rais­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY KIERAN BEAT­TIE

Four teenagers have been charged in con­nec­tion with a blaze at a city school build­ing.

More than 30 fire­fight­ers spent sev­eral hours bat­tling the fire at the dis­used Cordyce Pri­mary school in Dyce af­ter the alarm was raised just af­ter 11pm on Mon­day.

The blaze was brought un­der con­trol in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing, but fire crews were still work­ing at the site un­til noon.

The school, which pre­vi­ously pro­vided sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion for ad­di­tional sup­port needs chil­dren, has been un­oc­cu­pied since the sum­mer.

It was xpected to close next April.

No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Dyce res­i­dent Ailsa Dick was wo­ken up in the mid­dle of the night by the flash­ing blue lights of fire en­gines.

She watched the drama un­fold from her win­dow. She said: “There must have been six en­gines plus po­lice and am­bu­lances.

“There was a lot of smoke, and the flames were pretty high.

“Quite a few neigh­bours were out­side watch­ing, and the road was shut off.”

Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

Three 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old were yes­ter­day charged in con­nec­tion with an al­leged wil­ful fire-rais­ing.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor David Howieson said: “The build­ing has been ex­ten­sively dam­aged and

“Quite a few neigh­bours were out­side watch­ing”

it goes with­out say­ing that this could have been a much more se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

“Thank­fully no one was in­jured.

“We urge any­one who saw any­thing or has any knowl­edge which may as­sist with our in­quiries to get in touch with us on 101.”

An Aberdeen City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Cordyce School has been closed to pupils since June.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers will con­tinue to li­aise with the po­lice.

“It would be inappropriate to com­ment fur­ther while there is an on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

RU­INS: Cordyce Pri­mary in Dyce was ex­ten­sively dam­aged in the blaze yes­ter­day

More than 30 fire­fight­ers tack­led the school blaze

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