A SCHOOL has been closed to pupils today after a fire which is believed to have been started deliberately.
A classroom at Aberdeen’s Harlaw Academy will require “significant” repairs following the early-hours incident.
A joint police and fire investigation has been launched after emergency services were called to the Albyn Place school.
A total of 18 firefighters were called to the academy at around 1.30am on Saturday.
Crews tackled the blaze for more than two hours, before eventually putting it out shortly before 4am.
A clean-up operation has begun and specialist deep cleaning was due to be carried out today.
An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said a full assessment of the damage and the work required would begin today.
She added: “A classroom in the school’s B block will require significant work to repair it while damage to the other classrooms in the block is minimal.
“The decision as to whether the school can open to pupils on Tuesday is yet to be made.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said a cordon was established while the building was searched by fire officers who confirmed there was no one within the building and declared the building safe.
He added: “The incident is currently being treated as wilful fireraising and a police and fire investigation is ongoing at this time, the results of which will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”