Fire Marshal investigates arson at FBES

Published 5:09 pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office is questioning two students in connection with an arson at Florence Bowser Elementary School.

The arson was reported at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the school, which is located at 4540 Nansemond Parkway, a city press release stated.

Fire units arrived at 2:42 p.m. and found there had been a fire in a trashcan affixed to the wall in a girls’ restroom on the second floor. The school had been evacuated, and the fire was out upon arrival of firefighters. There were no injuries.


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Responding units included Engines 6, 10, and 25; Ladders 3, 5, and 6; Medic 5; Rescue 1; Safety 1; Battalions 2 and 3; and Fire Marshal 4 and 6.

Battalion Chief Chris Cornwell, Suffolk Fire Marshal, advised that it was determined that the fire was intentionally set. They are currently questioning two female students, an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old, related to the incident while accompanied by parents. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.