Suspected arson at Phoenix Children's Project Centre in Norwich

Phoenix Children's Project Centre
Image caption Police are appealing for witnesses to the fire at the children's centre, which has charity status

A charitable centre for children has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack.

The Phoenix Children's Project Centre in Mile Cross, Norwich, has three main halls for families living in the area.

Firefighters were called out just before 22:00 GMT on Saturday after the building was reported to be on fire.

The property, refurbished after volunteers helped raise £500,000 to buy it in 2006, was empty at the time of the fire.

A fire service spokesman said the fire had caused "extensive damage".

Police have appealed for anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

A police spokesman said the fire was thought to have been started deliberately.

The centre has been sealed off and a joint police and fire service investigation is under way.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites