Grand Forks Fires (2) - Update

Grand Forks Fires (2) - Update Click to Enlarge

Update 12:45:

Grand Forks Police say a 13-year-old boy has been charged with arson and endangerment by fire, in connection with last (Tue) night’s fire at Ben Franklin Elementary School.

A joint investigation involving the Grand Forks Fire and Police Departments, and the State Fire Marshal determined that the fire was intentionally set.

The investigation identified a suspect who was taken into custody around nine-o-clock last night.

Fire crews were called to the school just before 6:30 pm, regarding a fire in the library area. Crews were told the fire was extinguished by a custodian. Police say, at the time, there were students and staff in the building, but the library was not occupied.

A damage estimate is being evaluated. Because of the clean-up, classes have been cancelled for today (Wed).


Earlier stories:

A fire destroyed a Grand Forks warehouse. Firefighters were called to 1720 Mill Road just before nine p-m last night. When crews arrived they found flames shooting out of the 10-thousand square foot metal sided building.

It took the G-F-F-D one-and-a-half hours to bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries.

A total of five engines…17 personnel…and a ladder truck responded. Fire investigators are expected to go through the charred remains today.


Meanwhile….students at Ben Franklin Elementary are getting a day off today. A small fire in the library area of the building Tuesday evening was quickly extinguished. Clean-up is underway. The cause is also under investigation.

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