School fire called suspicious

Police have identified two people in relation to a fire started at Bathgate Park School in South Dunedin yesterday.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said firefighters were called to put out a suspicious fire burning on the outside wall of the school, in Macandrew Rd, at 1.39pm.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze with "no problem". The fire was being treated as suspicious and a fire investigator was notified.

"I don’t believe it was a major fire and there was little to no damage to the building," he said.

Emergency services respond to a suspicious fire at Bathgate Park School, in Macandrew Rd, South...
Emergency services respond to a suspicious fire at Bathgate Park School, in Macandrew Rd, South Dunedin, yesterday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
A police spokesman said police were called at 1.50pm to assist.

The spokesman later said police had identified two individuals in relation to the fire.

Bathgate Park School principal Katrina Robertson said it was upsetting to hear what had happened.

"We are saddened this has happened in our school community, but we are appreciative and grateful for the quick response from those that spotted the fire and alerted the fire brigade."

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