'Suspicious' fire breaks out near Fayetteville school

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A fire broke out in Fayetteville (WTVD)

A suspicious fire broke out near a middle school in Fayetteville early Saturday morning.

Officials said alarms went off just before 3 a.m. at Douglas Byrd Middle School, in the 1600 block of Ireland Drive. The fire was reported in a two-story building behind the main school facility and serves as a concession stand/press box for athletic events.

Fire officials said there were no fire hydrants in the immediate area, so a water shuttle was established to battle the blaze. The building is considered a total loss.

Fire officials said the fire was "incendiary in nature," and the origin of the fire was determined to be in the second floor/press box area of the building.

Anyone with any information concerning this fire is urged to contact Detective J. Nevitt with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-703-3499 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS(8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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