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Fayetteville Investigators Search For Suspect In School Fire

Posted January 8, 2002 6:56 a.m. EST

— Cumberland County investigators are searching for the person who set fire to a school Monday morning.

Class was in session at Fayetteville's

Seventy-First Classical Middle School

despite a fire there early Monday morning.

Just before 7 a.m., a secretary arriving at the school noticed flames and smoke coming from a room by the cafeteria.

The fire was contained to that room, but smoke spread throughout the hallway.

Investigators said that they suspected arson after finding a window that had been broken. They also found evidence of an accelerant.

Crimestoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.