London Police and the fire department are investigating an attempted arson and break in and enter at Tweedsmuir Public School.
Police were dispatched shortly after 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. It was reported that a window was smashed and gasoline was poured inside at least one of the rooms.
A small fire was also started in one of the bathrooms.
Police found 2 large red gasoline tanks and a shovel in a garbage dumpster right beside the school. Police are still investigating if they are in relation to the incident.
Superintendent of the school, Sheila Powell, says that it looks like the school will re-open tomorrow, “We’re just waiting, the fire department is finished their investigation, police are doing their investigation at this point and then we’ll have our facilities service staff in and they’ll investigate how long it will take for them to clean it up.”
“It is our hope to be able to return tomorrow. Parents and the school community have been very supportive. Obviously they want to know what’s going on. We’ve reassured them that we’ve closed it today so that we can investigate properly and get everything cleaned up and ready to go , but they’re looking forward to having their students back in school,” says Powell.
Police have not made any arrests at this point. Anyone with information is asked to call London Police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).