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Police treating Harlaw Academy fire in Aberdeen as 'deliberate'

fire van outside Harlaw Academy

Police are treating an overnight fire at a secondary school in Aberdeen as deliberate.

Fire crews were called to Harlaw Academy on Albyn Place at about 01:30 after a member of the public spotted smoke and heard the school's alarm.

Windows were damaged and several small fires discovered. No-one was inside the building at the time.

Aberdeen City Council said the school will be closed to pupils on Monday to allow deep cleaning to be carried out.

The Scottish Fie and Rescue Service sent to four appliances to the scene and 18 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fires.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "The incident is currently being treated as wilful fireraising and a police and fire investigation is ongoing at this time, the results of which will be reported to the procurator fiscal."

.A council spokeswoman said: "Fire investigation officers completed their work this afternoon and released the building back to the city Council. The building has been made secure.

"A clean-up operation will get under way at the school tomorrow with specialist deep cleaning expected to be carried out at the start of the week. School staff will have limited access to the building on Monday."

The local authority said pupils, staff and parents had been informed of the temporary closure and would receive a further update on Monday as to whether the school will open on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the fire has been urged to contact police or Crimestoppers.

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