3 Aug 2013

Two boys admit arson on school

6:44 pm on 3 August 2013

Two teenage boys have admitted to setting an Auckland school on fire.

Police say the fire at Point Chevalier Primary School early on Saturday morning caused extensive damage to several buildings.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Police investigating the arson say they've interviewed two 14-year old boys who've admitted starting the fire.

The matter has been referred to Youth Aid.

Seven fire trucks were used to bring the fire under control.

A spokesperson said crews were called about 3.50am on Saturday and a two-storey building was well ablaze when they arrived.

Chair of the school's board of trustees, Richard Green, said Ministry of Education staff were at the school on Saturday assessing the damage.

He said the fire is disruptive after 18 months of renovations, which have just been completed, but the damage has been confined to a small area.

Mr Green said the school will decide on Sunday whether it will open on Monday.