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School Paperwork Feared Destroyed in Aarson Attack An apparent arson attack has caused extensive damage at a school in Lancashire, with large amounts of GCSE coursework feared destroyed. The blaze at the St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland began yesterday afternoon (September 1st), resulting in what a statement on the college website described as "devastating damage".
Police arrested and bailed five boys aged between 11 and 15 on suspicion of having started the blaze deliberately. At its height, the inferno was being tackled by 125 firefighters from across the country, with some of the worst damage occurring in a part of the complex built in the 1950s that contained flammable foam insulation and lacked a sprinkler system.
While the reconstruction of the devastated buildings can be carried out in accordance with more modern materials and more fire-prevention measures built into the structure, no building is completely invulnerable to going up in flames, whether the incident is started deliberately or occurs by accident. The same is equally true of offices. Just as school coursework may have been damaged or destroyed on the Leyland site, so any documentation in an office or other building may burn. Even electronic devices such as hard drives or memory sticks only have so much resistance to fire.
For this reason, archive scanning and document hosting services may prove invaluable in creating a back-up, so that if the worst happens the information stored is not lost and the hard work that has gone into creating it has not been wasted. Storage in the cloud can ensure damage to hard drives does not mean critical data becomes hard or impossible to retrieve. The risk of fire damage may be greatest in places that are a popular target for arsonists. In the case of a school, it may be pupils with a grudge who carry out such acts. Elsewhere, some organisations and companies may find they are targeted by political extremists.
An example of the latter has emerged in the past week with an arson attack at the police firearms training centre in Portshead, Somerset. The fire has been smouldering for days and an anarchist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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An apparent arson attack has caused extensive damage at a school in Lancashire, with large amounts of GCSE coursework feared destroyed. - Se...