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Cromwell High School fire: Three boys arrested for arson

School fire interior Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The school was closed for the Easter holidays when the fire broke out

Three boys have been arrested following a fire at a school in Greater Manchester, police have said.

Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at Cromwell High School on Yew Tree Lane in the Dukinfield area of Tameside on Friday afternoon.

The building was badly damaged and will not re-open as planned on Monday, the council has said.

The boys, two aged 14 and one aged 15, have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

They are currently in police custody.

Insp Kris Jura said: "We'd like to thank the public for the information they have given us so far which has resulted in us making three arrests.

"Our investigations continue and we are working closely with our fire and rescue colleagues to establish the full circumstances of the fire."

The school was closed for the Easter holidays when the fire happened. No one was injured.

Astley Sports College, Oakdale Primary, St. Mary's RC Primary and Yew Tree Primary schools were all unaffected.

They will open as normal for the summer term on Monday, Tameside Council said.

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