Fulham school fire: 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of arson - smoke seen at The London Oratory School

A picture from London Fire Brigade shows large amounts of smoke around the gates of The London Oratory School. (Photo by LFB)A picture from London Fire Brigade shows large amounts of smoke around the gates of The London Oratory School. (Photo by LFB)
A picture from London Fire Brigade shows large amounts of smoke around the gates of The London Oratory School. (Photo by LFB) | LFB
Smoke could be seen at The London Oratory School, whose former students include actor Peter Egan, comedian John Kearns and Euan Blair, son of Tony Blair.

About 70 firefighters tackled a fire at a school in Fulham on Wednesday (December 27).

Pictures showed heavy smoke around the entrance to The London Oratory School in Seagrave Road, next to Brompton Park.

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The Met Police said a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and taken into custody at about 11.15am.

London Fire Brigade said an atrium was alight in a four storey-building with a basement. A shopping centre and homes were evacuated as a precaution. No injuries were reported.

The brigade said at 12.18pm: "The fire at a #Fulham school is now under control. Thankfully no injuries are reported. Part of an atrium was damaged by fire."

Police say road closures remain in place and asked the public to avoid the area.

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The brigade was called at 10.11am and crews from Fulham, Chelsea, Kensington, Wansdworth, Hammersmith, Clapham, Lambeth and Soho fire stations attended.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and is the subject of a joint investigation by the brigade and the Met Police.

Schools are currently broken up for the Christmas holidays.

The London Oratory School is a Catholic boys' school with a mixed sixth form. It is rated 'outstanding' by Oftsed.

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