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Wednesday, 5 February, 2003, 17:14 GMT
Fire school pupils remain at home
Broughton Junior School
Broughton Junior School was damaged in a fire
Parents of more than 200 pupils at a north Wales school hit by a suspected arson attack have agreed to look after each other's children until the building reopens.

Broughton Junior School will be shut until after half-term in two weeks time, and parents have been forced to make alternative arrangements.

It is inconvenient because your kids need to be in school but you have to thank your lucky stars that your kids weren't in there

Ansley Jolliffe Parent

Intruders smashed through a rear fire door and set fire to an extractor fan, causing 5,000 worth of damage.

Ansley Jolliffe, who has a 10-year-old son at the school and is also a parent governor, said children could not return.

"It's awkward but everyone is working it out between them and the village will pull together," she said.

"It's horrendous - there is soot on everything, every book is covered and the televisions and computers have got to be sent away for cleaning.

School closure sign
Pupils have been kept home

"The soot has even gone into the ceiling and that's got to be taken down.

"It is inconvenient because your kids need to be in school, but you have to thank your lucky stars that your kids weren't in there," she said.

North Wales Police has launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Officers are treating the fire, which has affected all 12 classrooms at the school, as suspicious.

Broughton Infants School has been unaffected by the blaze and will remain open.


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