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Blaze destroys technology school
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 125 firefighters and 20 engines were used to tackle a blaze at a school
Five children have been arrested after a fire destroyed a school that was due to reopen on Tuesday after the summer holidays.
Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Royal Avenue, Leyland, Lancashire, was devastated by the blaze, which broke out shortly after 4pm on Sunday.
Five boys between 11 and 15 were held on suspicion of arson, Lancashire Police said. They have since been released on police bail until September 30 pending further inquiries.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 125 firefighters and 20 engines were used to tackle the blaze.
The building, which was built in 1957, had no sprinklers. The cause of the fire is being investigated and is thought to be suspicious, the service said.
About 10 fire engines remained at the scene in the early hours of Monday to extinguish the last pockets of flames and ensure the scene was safe.
Staff were due to attend the school on Monday for an inset day, its website said, and pupils were to return for lessons after the holidays on Tuesday.
A statement on its website said the fire had caused "devastating damage" and asked people to "please pray for the school at this difficult time".