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Teenage Boy Denies Arson Charges Following Fire at London Oratory School

A 16-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to arson charges related to a fire that occurred at the prestigious London Oratory School in West London. The incident led to a significant response from emergency services, with ten fire engines and 70 firefighters summoned to combat the blaze.

The fire broke out in the school’s atrium, situated within a four-story building on Seagrave Road in Fulham, on a morning in late December. The school, renowned for its long history and notable alumni, including the children of former Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg, faced significant damage to a section of the atrium.

The teenage suspect was arrested shortly after the fire was reported and has since been charged with arson. He made his appearance in custody at Highbury Youth Court in response to the charges.

London Fire Brigade was successful in bringing the fire under control, and no injuries were reported in connection with the incident. However, the damage to the atrium was evident.

Fire crews from various stations, including Fulham, Chelsea, Kensington, Wandsworth, Hammersmith, Clapham, Lambeth, and Soho, responded to the scene to battle the blaze.

The London Oratory School serves as a secondary school, admitting boys aged seven to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. The institution boasts a rich history spanning 160 years and counts prominent figures such as actor Simon Callow and trade unionist Mick Whelan among its alumni.

The case involving the 16-year-old accused of arson at the school is ongoing, with further legal proceedings to follow.

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