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Arrest made in Gamaliel Elementary fire investigation

Date of News Release: 6/5/2017

Columbia, KY(June 3, 2017) – A juvenile has been charged with Arson 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Burglary 3rd degree in connection to a fire that occurred on Friday, June 2, 2017 around 1:30 PM CST. Post 15 was notified Friday, at approximately 2:26 PM CST, that departments were attempting to put out a working structure fire at the Gamaliel Elementary school in the limits of Gamaliel.

Five school employees were working in the school when the blaze began but all were able to make their way to safety and no injuries were reported. Architects estimate that the school received upward of $1,000,000 in structure damage.

The juvenile was charged and released to her parents. Arson Investigator Alex Wesley is investigating and additional charges are expected.