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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
School building fire 'suspicious'
Fire scene from East Sussex Fire and Rescue
12 fire appliances were sent out to tackle the "severe fire"
A huge fire which has destroyed the central building of a school in East Sussex is being treated as suspicious.

Up to 80 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze at Tideway Secondary School, Southdown Road, Newhaven.

Crews were called at 0045 BST on Tuesday to a "severe fire" which gutted "a significant part of the school".

No one was in the building, but damage to the main hall, staff rooms and classrooms, a reception area and the gym is estimated at more than 1m.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday morning by people living near the school.

It has been put out and East Sussex Fire and Rescue said they are "damping down the hotspots".

A Sussex Police spokesman said damage to the school had been estimated to be "in excess of 1m".

An investigation is beginning into the cause of the fire.

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