25-year-old man facing arson charge after Hornby Island school fire

25-year-old man facing arson charge after Hornby Island school fire
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WATCH: It was a big day for a small group of students returning to school on Hornby Island. The community’s only school was damaged in a fire last week so officials were scrambling to make sure their first day back in class was as normal as possible. Dean Stoltz reports.

A 25-year-old man is facing an arson charge after a fire destroyed roughly a third of the Hornby Island Community School.

The fire, which investigators deemed suspicious, broke out at the school at around 2 a.m. on Aug. 26.

The blaze gutted classrooms and the gymnasium and the building is now considered unsafe.

On Tuesday, Comox Valley RCMP said the 25-year-old from the Comox Valley, was arrested on Sept. 3 in connection with the fire. He has been charged with one count of arson damaging property. His name is now the subject of a publication ban.

The kindergarten-to-Grade 7 students at the school are attending their first week of classes at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on the island. They will then move to a community centre near the school fields while a modular school unit is arranged.

The aftermath of the fire at the Hornby Island Community School on Aug. 26.

The aftermath of the fire at the Hornby Island Community School on Aug. 26.

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