A KIRKLEES councillor has condemned intruders who set fire to a Huddersfield school after breaking in.
The arsonists set wood alight in the basement at Fartown High School late on Sunday night - but the smoke triggered a fire alarm and firefighters were able to stop it spreading from the basement.
Clr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Cabinet member for children and young people, urged anyone with information about who is responsible to contact the police.
He said: "These mindless people are biting the hand that feeds them.
"Good education is the way out of poverty and deprivation and the headmaster and staff are working hard to improve the school.
"It is lucky the smoke alarms were triggered or it could have been far worse.
"It is vital that anyone who knows who did this contacts the police with their names."
The fire had taken hold among wood panels and other equipment stored in the basement, sending smoke spiralling up and through the building.
It was a difficult fire to locate and put out and the crews who tackled it used breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras.
The smoke had got into corridors and classrooms and giant fans were needed to blow it out of the building.
The fire was tackled by crews from Huddersfield, Brighouse and Elland.
Police are investigating.
Anyone with information should contact Huddersfield police on 01484 436659 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.