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UPDATE – Raw video: Fire in Virginia’s old Colonial Beach Elementary School

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Additional video below from Dan Atkins via Scott Gast. At the bottom is aerial video of the school from May, 2013 taken by lenfarneth.

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Officials say they are investigating the blaze as a possible arson. State police say such investigations typically take a few days to complete.

Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said a call came into dispatch at 3:58 a.m. saying that a school building was engulfed in flames.

The building was once the old Colonial Beach High School. It was last used as a middle school, but was condemned after the earthquake. At the time of the fire, it was being used as a storage facility.


Video above by gesellmorgan of a fire early this morning at the old Colonial Beach Elementary School in Colonial Beach, Virginia. Here's the description with the video:

Building over 100 years old and condemned after it was damaged by the rare Virginia Earthquake, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

WJLA-TV (10:10 AM):

A fire at the old Colonial Beach Elementary School is currently not clear and not safe, according to firefighters.

Nearby residents and visitors are being urged to stay away from the scene to prevent any injuries and to help maintain traffic control.

Units are responding from all surrounding areas, including fire boat units from Charles County to assist with water supply. Traffic

Hours of investigation are ahead, and there are still no details as to the cause of the fire.

Geneva Smith, WWBT-TV:

Officials tell us this all started around 3 a.m. Sunday at an elementary school that was once the Old Colonial Beach High School.

At this time they are saying no one has been injured and they are still monitoring hot spots.

VA Colonial Beach elementary school fire


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  • Dan W

    Can anyone say amazing? OMG I think he said this is amazing 1000 times LOL. I would be looking at him for more info also.

  • Fire21

    I wonder if he thought that was amazing?

    Listen, he did the entire narration without one f-word or any other explitivive.  My compliments to him!!  Not the world's best camaraman, but he was rather amazed all the way through it.  And very complimentary of the firefighters…how great to hear!

  • Fireguy 47

    As a retired FM I agree with Doug. Little too much in the description to not have a chat with him. Excuse me while go I take a Dramamine for my motion sickness.

  • http://msn retiredFFin SC

    OMG ,i could not take it any longer had to turn the vol. OFF.

  • FLFF

    But I need more zoom, Scotty!

    The best part of that show was when it finally ended.  My eyes were bleeding.


  • Capt630

    This was obviously a truly amazing, life changing event for drunk 12 year olds.