Investigation launched after arson attack

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An investigation has been launched after a fire ripped through a derelict Burnley school.

Four crews were called to the former Habergham High School in Byron Street at 9-30pm on Saturday.

Firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus used water jets to extinguish the fire while an aerial ladder platform also had to be used to bring the blaze under control as it spread to the roof space.

The former Habergham building is set to be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for the new Burnley High School. It has been empty since Burnley’s other five secondary schools moved into new buildings as part of the £250m. Building Schools for the Future programme.