Girl charged in arson incidents at house, school

Published 5:07 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

A 12-year-old girl has been charged in two arson incidents that happened in October.

According to city spokeswoman Diana Klink, the juvenile is charged in an arson that happened Oct. 5 at a residence in the 300 block of South Main Street, as well as an arson that happened Oct. 27 at Florence Bowser Elementary School.

The arrest follows investigations into the two fires by the Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office. Virginia law prohibits law enforcement from identifying juveniles charged with a criminal offense. The investigations remain ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

The Oct. 5 fire happened shortly after 4:30 a.m. First arriving fire units found a disturbance on the front porch as well as several fires in the interior of the structure.

The Florence Bowser Elementary fire was reported at 2:36 p.m. that day and was confined to a trash can affixed to the wall in a girls’ restroom on the second floor.