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Trailer fire at school started intentionally

SNELLVILLE - Investigators said someone intentionally started a fire Tuesday morning in a portable classroom at Britt Elementary School.

According to reports, fire crews responded to the school just before 10 a.m. after a passerby called 911 to report smoke coming from the trailer. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze in the trailer, which sat some distance away from the main building.

Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the classroom sustained moderate damage, but that no nearby trailers nor the main building were damaged.

"It appears that someone made unlawful entry into the trailer and intentionally set the fire," Rutledge said.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said summer school was in session, but that no classes were being held in the vicinity of the fire.

Students utilizing two mobile classrooms were moved inside as a precautionary measure, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said this may not have been an isolated incident.

"There have been previous reports of vandalism to classroom trailers in the general area," he said. "Investigators are checking to see if they are related."

Investigators urge anyone with information to contact Gwinnett fire investigators at 678-518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Control hotline at 800-282-5804.

Georgia Arson Control Inc. offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for arson.