Shocking images show the extent of damage caused by blaze at Rift House Primary

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These shocking images show the devastating impact of a fire which tore through Rift House Primary School.

The photographs, which taken from the air by Hartlepool resident Jay Petch, show the scale of the blaze which ripped through a nursery area and the Year 3 classroom of the school on Masefield Road on Sunday night.

Damaged caused by a fire at Rift House School. Image by Jay Petch.

Damaged caused by a fire at Rift House School. Image by Jay Petch.

Mr Petch called the damage 'devastating' and said many people didn't realise the extent of the devastation.

Following the fire a 13-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and has been released.

The school was closed to all but Year 6 pupils on Monday and Tuesday for their SATs tests, but it re-opened to all children today.

Headteacher David Turner has praised the actions of emergency services, colleagues in education, and parents and others in the community for their amazing support.

Damaged caused by a fire at Rift House School. Image by Jay Petch.

Damaged caused by a fire at Rift House School. Image by Jay Petch.

He said: "The amount of support that we have had from colleagues in education has been amazing and its made a huge difference.

“But it could have been a lot worse and I want to thank all the emergency services for how they dealt with it and for what they did. They were amazing.”

Mr Turner said the cost of the damage is still being assessed.

As well as the damaged classrooms, an outdoor area for the younger children in the school has also been destroyed following around £40,000 in the area and equipment.

The image shows the devastating damage caused by the fire. Image by Jay Petch.

The image shows the devastating damage caused by the fire. Image by Jay Petch.

A gofundme page has been set up to raise cash following the devastating blaze.

Anyone wanting to give towards the fund can log onto: https://www.gofundme.com/rift-house-school

The building has been destroyed by the blaze.  Image by Jay Petch.

The building has been destroyed by the blaze. Image by Jay Petch.

The aerial images show the huge scale of the damage at Rift House.  Image by Jay Petch.

The aerial images show the huge scale of the damage at Rift House. Image by Jay Petch.