Virginia State Police searching for people who set fire to local landmark

Posted at 11:16 AM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-13 00:25:40-04

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. -- The January fire that destroyed the old Colonial Beach Elementary School building was intentionally set. Virginia State Police announced Friday the fire was an act of arson.

"During the course of this investigation, we have been able to determine there were at least two individuals near the school just prior to the fire starting," Virginia State Police Special Agent A.B. Cooke Jr. said. "We would like to hear from these individuals or from anyone who might help us identify them."

Anyone with information about the fire was asked to contact Special Agent Cooke at or Virginia State Police Dispatch in Richmond at 804-553-3445.

"We welcome anybody with information about the fire to call or email us so we can bring the individual or individuals who destroyed this local landmark to justice," Cooke said.

The fire that destroyed the empty school building appeared to have started inside the condemned structure, police said. No one was hurt in the fire.