Youths charged af­ter blaze at school

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Four teenagers have been charged in connection with a blaze at an Aberdeen 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 is ex­pected 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.

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

She watched the drama un­fold from her win­dow. She said: “There must have been six en­gines out, plus po­lice and am­bu­lances. There was a lot of smoke and the flames were pretty high.”

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

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor David Howieson said: “The build­ing has been ex­ten­sively dam­aged and 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 2017.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers will con­tinue to li­aise with the po­lice.”

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