Teenager sentenced for Millais school fire

A 16 year old girl charged with arson following a fire at Millais School in Horsham on Thursday, March 20, has been sentenced.

Sussex Police said the girl appeared at Hove Crown Court and was sentenced to a three year supervision order, 240 hours of unpaid work and a nine month curfew order.

Chief inspector Howard Hodges, Horsham district commander, said: “I would like to thank the pupils, staff and wider school for their support during this investigation.”

Hundreds of pupils at the Depot Road school had to be evacuated from the building when the fire broke out.

The girl was initially arrested on Sunday, March 23 and was subesequently interviewed and bailed. As a result of further information the same girl was re-arrested on March 24.

Extensive examination of the scene by both Sussex Police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service suggests that the fire was started either deliberately or recklessly.

The effective smoke alarm system and efficient emergency evacuation procedure meant that students and staff were able to leave the building quickly, without panic or injury, after the fire was discovered.

Officers, supported by fire service staff, worled closely with Millais School to ensure that the investigation progressed effectively whilst minimising the disruption to the pupils, staff and daily functioning of the school.

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