Brownsville police: Teenagers behind high school fire
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BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — Brownsville police said Tuesday they are now declaring Monday’s fire at Haywood High School, an act of vandalism. According to the police report, dispatch received an anonymous call after 9:00 a.m., Monday. When first responders arrived on the scene and extinguished the flames, 4,000 sq. ft. of the football field was burned. The fire appeared to start around training equipment. The anonymous caller told police the teenage boys responsible fled the scene. “Primary indicators are that it was students,” said Dr. Jerry Pyron, Haywood High School Principal. The report stated that no one was injured in the fire, but there was damage to the training equipment on the field at the time. Dr. Pyron said the school is not sure if they will need to replace the equipment. Nina Singleton grandparent of two Haywood High School students said she’s relieved only the equipment was damaged. “I’m glad nobody got hurt. I’m thankful for that,” said Singleton. Police said no arrests have been made. Dr. Pyron said if the students come forward admitting to their part in the fire it could influence the severity of their punishment. He said that punishment wouldn’t be expulsion, but could include time at the alternative school. Brownsville Police urge anyone with information to report it to your local law enforcement.