Sunday, August 17, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - Investigators believe a fire that singed two classroom trailers at Brookwood High School early Saturday was an act of arson.
The fire, reported by members of a cross country team at 6:47 a.m., damaged two classroom trailers behind the school. No damage to the main building or injuries were reported.
The blaze was apparently set beneath one of the trailers, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.
Flames had engulfed the trailer by the time firefighters arrived, Rutledge said. The second trailer suffered heat damage.
Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said the two damaged trailers housed foreign language classes. Maintenance crews were sent to the school to clean up the area, and no interruption in classes is expected.
"Our goal is to have replacement trailers by Monday," Roach said. "We do have a plan in place in case they aren't ready until the afternoon."
Roach said she did not have an estimate on what the damage will cost, but at least one computer, some instructional materials and personal belongings were lost.
The school system will provide assistance as the Fire Department investigates the incident, she said.
Georgia Arson Control Inc. is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the incident, Rutledge said.
Officials ask anyone with information to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 or the Gwinnett Fire Arson and Explosives Section at 678-518-4890.
Staff writer Heather Darenberg contributed to this report.