Arsonist Didn't Burn Hope For New School - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/25/08

Arsonist Didn't Burn Hope For New School

A private school that was intentionally set on fire and burned to ground two years ago is one step closer to being re-built. And investigators say they are no closer to filing arson charges against a suspect.  

A fire burned down The Southwest Private School in May of 2006. Investigators at the time determined it was arson, though no arrests have been made in the case. Thursday, the Lubbock City Council took steps to allow the owner of the school, Celia Pruitt, to start rebuilding her school. The council had the first of two readings to allow construction to begin on the property. But nearly two years later, the fire Marshall's office is trying to find the person responsible for the blaze.

"Like any other working, ongoing investigation we're constantly looking back over the material that we've gotten and trying to come up with new information but the main one is our need and desire to speak to all of the people involved," said Garrett Nelson with The Fire Marshall's Office.

Nelson added their investigation is leading them to specific people that may have set the fire but because this is an active investigation they couldn't give us any more information. This afternoon we also stopped by the home of Celia Pruitt -- she said at this point she hasn't even hired a contractor to start plans for the new Southwest Private School. But she did say, when it's opened, this new school will also serve as a daycare to babies and infants.

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