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  Huge rise in deliberate fires in schools
Updated 03 March 2002, 13.43
Fire damage in schools
More schools than ever in Britain are being set on fire deliberately putting children's lives at risk, says a new survey.

Around 16 schools a week suffer from some kind of fire damage, costing 1million every week, according to the research.

Dangerous

Children are at risk from arson
Children are at risk from arson

In 2001, arson attacks - fires started on purpose - cost 56m to fix, a huge rise from previous years.

This money could have been spent on other things in schools, like improving computer facilities.

Arson and vandalism in schools are usually more common during holidays.

But in West Yorkshire alone, there were 33 deliberate school fires which were started while pupils were still in class.

Most fires are started for fun in rubbish bins and toilets. And because they are often small fires, they often aren't usually reported.

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