Four teens held after infant school blaze in South Wales

Four teenage boys have been arrested in connection with a devastating blaze at an infants’ school, police have confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the Coed Eva Primary in Cwmbran, South Wales, on New Year’s Day and found the infants and nursery building completely engulfed in flames.

Ten fire crews battled for three hours to bring the blaze under control and stop it spreading.

Pupils were supposed to be back at school yesterday following the Christmas break, but have been unable to return to classes because of the scale of the damage.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman said: “Four teenage boys from the area have been arrested on suspicion of arson. They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

Teaching staff, emergency services and council officials are in discussions to see when the school can re-open.

It will remain closed, but staff want to see if the infants and nursery pupils can be accommodated elsewhere.

Headteacher Gill Ellis said: “There are two major factors at the moment. One is safeguarding the site, which we are waiting to establish, so that children can travel to and from school safely.


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