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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 December, 2004, 10:23 GMT
School is badly damaged by fire
A school in West Sussex has been badly damaged by a fire.

Two classrooms at St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham were burnt out and two others damaged by smoke in the blaze on Saturday evening.

Sixty firefighters were called to tackle the fire after flames were seen coming from both the first and second floor of the main school block.

The school will be closed to pupils on Monday so the damage can be assessed. The cause is being investigated.

'Damage restricted'

Ten fire engines were sent to extinguish the fire.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue service said crews helped save the rest of the building from further damage.

"The worst damage has been restricted to just four classrooms on the first and second floors but we have managed to save 85% of the building," said Andy Horner from the fire service.

Building control officers went to the scene to carry out a structural survey of the school.

Fire investigation officers and police are looking into the cause of the fire which was reported at about 1930 GMT.

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