WARNER ROBINS — A suspicious early morning fire Wednesday at Northside High School caused only minimal damage, officials said.
The fire alarm sounded shortly after 4:30 a.m., and crews found a small fire inside the Junior ROTC office of the school, said Lt. Jeff Stewart of the Warner Robins Fire Department.
“It looks like a couple of kids may have broken in,” Stewart said.
Only a couple of books burned, and there is very minimal smoke damage and no fire or water damage anywhere else in the school, Stewart said.
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“There may be a little bit of a smell, but nothing to stop them from opening,” Stewart said. Students return to school Monday.
Mark Scott, Northside High principal, said the outdoor video surveillance tape captured images of two people, both tall, wearing shorts and shirts — apparently either teenagers or young adults.
The two broke in through a window of the Junior ROTC building and set some books on fire, Scott said. They did not go anywhere else in the school, he said.
The pair also was seen on the video running away from the 3:50 a.m. incident, Scott said.
The smoldering books eventually created a lot of smoke, which activated the fire alarm, Scott said. Firefighters were on scene quickly, and the fire was put out, he said.
Scott said it was fortunate no one was hurt and there was no serious damage.
A few books were thrown away, the tile directly below where the fire was set will have to be replaced, and there was some smoke damage, Scott said.
Police are investigating the incident as a burglary and arson, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.
Anyone with information about the incident may contact Warner Robins police at 929-1170 or 929-6911, or tips may be left on the Warner Robins police website at www.wrpolice.org.
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