Boys and girls aged 14 prime suspects in Dundee school fire

Fire damage to the former Baldragon Academy in Kirkton, following a blaze which took 40 firefighters to tackle.

Cops say a group of boys and girls aged 14 are the prime suspects in the fire at a former Dundee school at the weekend.

Police Scotland is carrying out enquiries into a fire at the former Baldragon Academy in Burn Street, Dundee at 3.30pm on Saturday April 14.

Fire crews spend four hours at old Dundee school after blaze breaks out

Chief Inspector Nicky Russell said: “We are keen to speak to a group of boys and girls seen in the area around the time of the fire. They were aged approximately 14 years of age.

“The former school has become an area for youths to congregate recently. This has resulted in number of vandalisms and anti-social behaviour and I would like to stress that this will not be tolerated.”

Fire crews were called at around 3.27pm. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that six pumps and a command support unit went to the scene.

Around 43 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze at the height of the incident.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by early evening and the last appliance left the scene at 7.50pm.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Mr Russell added: “Each year in the UK, children are injured and require hospital treatment as a result of falls and injuries whilst exploring derelict or empty premises. Children place themselves at risk if they enter these buildings, climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.

“We are asking parents and carers to assist us, to keep children safe and reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in our community. We urge parents and carers to be aware of where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.

“Talking to your child about potential dangers and their consequences could make a difference to their safety. It is important for young people to understand the potential risks and consequences of their actions.

“They may get involved in activity they may consider is just ‘a bit of a laugh’ without considering the potential consequences.

“Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting CR/8856/18 or speak to any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”