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.

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.