Schoolgirl starts £1million fire because she was bored

Schoolgirl starts £1million fire because she was bored
Published: 2014 October 14 09:37:09 (8940 Views)
A 15-year-old, who was working at the homewares shop, Wilko, on placement from her fee-paying school, set fire to a waste cardboard with a cigarette lighter on 8 July because she was bored and wanted to go home, a court heard.

The fire quickly spread through the Nuneaton, Warwickshire, building, with several fire crews battling the blaze for over half an hour in a bid to get it under control.

'The incident occurred at lunchtime when the store was busy with customers, and elderly customers were caused distress,' said Ninda Gill, prosecuting.

'The potential for injury to staff and customers was great as the store was consumed by smoke.'

Fire investigators rated the danger to life at eight on a scale of one to ten, although the building was evacuated without anyone being injured.



A 'conservative estimate' put the damage caused at being up to £1million.

The teen, who cannot be named, said she 'didn't think of the consequences' and that she wished she could 'turn the clock back'.

'It was a stupid act,' she said.

She pleaded guilty to the offence at Warwick Crown Court and will be sentenced following a psychiatric assessment.

Wilko say they are now rethinking their policy of accepting youngsters on work experience.




Source - Metro

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