Arsonists try to torch Garrucha school

Arsonists try torch Garrucha school

VANDAL ATTACK: Junta delegate Maribel Sanchez Torregrosa visits Garrucha’s Mediterraneo high school Photo credit: Almeria Junta

VANDALS caused considerable material damage after they started a fire at the Mediterraneo high school in Garrucha on Sunday March 13.

Alerted by the 112 Emergency Service, the Bomberos de Levante fire brigade and Proteccion Civil volunteers extinguished the blaze affecting the entrance, reception area, offices, staffroom and some classrooms  by 3am.

Guardia Civil investigators found that the intruders had managed to remove the school’s CCTV cameras before trying unsuccessfully to set fire to fireproof desks in the classrooms.

Two days later, 270 of the Instituto’s 570 pupils were able to return to the school, although the remainder were still having to work from home by the end of the week.

Officers are now following leads to identify the arsonists, sources said.

Posting on their social media accounts, Garrucha town hall condemned the attempt to burn down the school and called on the local population to provide any information they might have regarding the fire.

Repairs will cost more than €100,000, according to Junta de Andalucia sources, who revealed that Garrucha town hall will be responsible for cleaning and repainting the damaged areas.

“The more extensive repairs will be carried out by Andalucia’s Education department,” the same sources said.

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Linda Hall

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