Police probe deliberate fire at former Dundee school

Police have launched an investigation following a deliberate fire at a former primary school.

Emergency crews were called to St Francis RC Primary shortly after 11pm on Tuesday.

Two appliances from the Kingsway station attended the campus on Longhaugh Road and remained on the scene for more than two hours.

Longhaugh area inspector, Chris Boath, said the fire could have had “dire consequences”.

He said: “If this fire had taken hold quickly, the person or people who started it could potentially have been trapped inside, with obvious dire consequences. They have put lives at risk, most obviously their own.

“This is one of a number of empty and derelict buildings in the area, many of which are hazardous environments. People place themselves at risk if they enter these buildings, climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.

“They are boarded up for a reason and are potentially unsafe, may possibly contain hazardous materials such as asbestos, or be structurally unsound. Do not put yourself or others in jeopardy, and steer well clear.”

Fire crews at the building
The former St Francis RC School

Residents said they saw firefighters on the roof of the school.

Allan Hall, who lives locally, said he was “concerned” by the incident. The 51-year-old said: “We saw the blue flashing lights just outside our property.

“There were two fire engines at the scene. Some of the crew members were inside the school doors.

“Given what has happened recently with Braeview Academy and the Hilltown Market, I am concerned the school has been targeted like this.

“I’ve seen kids running along the roofs in the past – the building is an easy target.”

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed two appliances attended the scene before they stood down shortly after 1am.

St Francis moved into the new North East campus in the summer along with Longhaugh Primary.