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Reward offered following fire at local Episcopal school

Posted July 5

— Crews suspect arson in a fire at St. Martin's Episcopal School on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven and a reward is being issued for information leading to an arrest.

Firefighters responded around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and found heavy smoke and fire.

Firefighters released a picture of a person of interest taken from surveillance video inside the school.

"Right now we are actively seeking to question this individual," said DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Captain Eric Jackson. "We know the footage did capture quite a bit."

The ATF is assisting and said the video shows someone throwing something, possibly a rock, through a window.

The fire burned the early childhood part of the school, where three-year-olds, pre-k and kindergarten students attend school. It includes a science lab from which several animals were rescued.

Captain Jackson described the damage as extensive.

No injuries were reported.

Summer camp was not scheduled at the school this week but will resume as planned next week, according to a school spokesperson.

Several parents and children stopped by to see the damage for themselves.

"My first reaction was to come over and see as it's part of us or a part of our community so we wanted to come check it out and see what happened exactly," said parent Justin Viens.

Henry Hamilton, 11, is going into 6th grade at the school. He said, "That's just really sad because I don't know why someone would attack a school like that and I'm mad that someone would do that."

Anyone with tips can report them to the Arson Control Hotline and stay anonymous. The number is 1-800-282-5804. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000.

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