Monday, March 2, 2009

Calhoun, MO: Arsonist Destroys School

A rural Missouri high school will be closed Monday and Tuesday after a blaze caused heavy damage to the structure.

The district is discussing where to hold classes on Wednesday.
They're considering using the Baptist church, the school's work shop, and if needed, the gymnasium.

Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Mo., suffered heavy smoke damage after an arsonist set fire to the school early Saturday morning.

A clock damaged in the fire indicates the fire was set around 1:10 a.m.

Calhoun Fire Chief Kendall Price said the fire was started in the principal's office, which is now filled with heaps of ashes. Most everything in the office is unsalvageable. The school's only computer lab also suffered extensive damage.

"What we look at is everybody's a suspect," said Price, fire chief. "We don't know who's doing it. He could be standing right next to you and not even know it."

The school had security cameras in place, however they were in the process of having them replaced after a transformer blew, ruining the cameras and recorder.,0,3800125.story

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