Delta High School arson under investigation

By Heartland News

DELTA, MO (KFVS) - Fire investigators are now saying the fire that damaged Delta High school is arson.

The early morning fire ripped through parts of Delta High School, canceling classes for the day.

Police are looking for a white male, about 5'10", 160 to 170 pounds.  He was caught on the school's surveillance video.

According to the Superintendent Nate Crowden the fire caused damage to the school's office but the rest of the school is okay.

"It's a big deal for out school," Crowden said.  "We wish it didn't happen, but it's in our faces and we're gonna deal with it."

Fire crews were called to the school around 5:30 a.m.  A teacher who normally works early at the school saw the smoke and called 911.

Officials say the fire began in the secretary and councilor's office area and destroyed most everything in the offices.

Police say whoever set the fire also stole several items from the school.

Investigators with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the State Fire Marshal's office are investigating.

No one was hurt in the fire.

It's no doubt the talk of the small town.  Students and teachers say they're shocked.

"It was weird because you wake up to go to school and it's out because it's burning down," said Delta Sophomore David Brawley.

"Knowing our people and our district, we'll bounce right back," said former elementary principal Pat Dooley.

Superintendent Crowden says classes should resume Monday.

Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to call the State Fire Marshal at 1-800-39-Arson or leave tips through the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office at (573) 243-3551.

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