Two boys arrested in connection with Peebles school fire

A boy has been arrested and charged with wilful fire raising today in connection with the fire at Peebles High School last Thursday, which has left the school seriously damaged.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 4:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 4:23 pm
A firefighter tries to extinguish the fire at Peebles High School last Thursday.

A second boy has also been arrested and released pending further enquiries, and a report will be sent to the Children’s Reporter.

At it’s height, 70 fire fighters fought the blaze. Miraculously, no-one was hurt and all pupils and staff were safely evacuated.

The school is closed to pupils until at least after the Christmas break.

A firefighter gets ready to tackle the fire.

Chief Inspector Stuart Reid, local area police commander for the Borders said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience while the investigation into the fire continues as we work alongside our colleagues at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“We continue to liaise with the Scottish Borders Council in connection with the safety and security of the buildings, and the impact on the local community.”

“We’d remind the public that, as the person charged is below the age of 18, he cannot be named or identified for legal reasons as per the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.”