Kingsbury High School fire considered arson - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Kingsbury High School fire considered arson

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Approximately $40 thousand worth of roofing materials went up flames Monday at a Memphis school in dire need of roof repairs.

Fire officials said the blaze behind Kingsbury High was intentionally set.

"When I pulled up, I just saw police and the fire department on the scene," said one student.

Students were glad the fire didn't spread.

"I think it wasn't right at all, because anything bad could've happened,” said another student.  “Somebody could've gotten hurt or something."

Firefighters responded to Kingsbury just before classes began Monday morning and just after getting a nearby house fire under control.

"I think the people who did it should be punished and arrested," said a student.

In March, WMC Action News 5 reported some of the ceiling concerns inside Kingsbury.

A letter was sent home explaining the leaky roof, including in some of the classrooms.

"We are a district strapped for cash,” said SCS board member Stephanie Love.  “And to hear that somebody intentionally destroyed material that is supposed to be used for a school, I'm not happy about that at all."

Shelby County Schools said insurance may cover the cost of this loss, but it's still seen as a setback.

"It hurts the community, the school and most importantly, the families that live inside the community," said Love.

In addition to the roofing materials, a canopy and lights on the building were damaged.

Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with information on the arson.

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