Investigators probe whether Colonial Beach Elementary School fire was deliberately set
By Associated Press
COLONIAL BEACH, Va. -
An early morning fire engulfed an old building that used to be an elementary school and was once a middle school and a high school. It took 80 firefighters from several jurisdictions to knock down the flames.
Fire Chief David Robey says investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, but are looking into arson as a possibility.
Temporary trailers next to the building were not harmed, but in an emergency meeting the local school board and town council decided to cancel classes for elementary students this week, while they figure out what to do with them.
School Board Chairman Tim Trivett says the building that burned down has been used as a storage facility in recent years, because it was condemned after damage from a recent earthquake and a hurricane.
Some local churches have offered their services as temporary school buildings.
Trivett says officials are also considering holding classes at the high school with the kids going in shifts.
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