Reward Offered for Howell Schoolhouse Arson

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A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about a fire at a historic schoolhouse in Livingston County.

The sheriff's office says some set the Fleming Schoolhouse at the corner of West Grand River and Warner/Fleming Roads Friday, January 25. The Howell Area Fire Department responded to the schoolhouse around 2:21am and the roof was on fire, with flames spreading into the structure. It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

The one-room schoolhouse, which is owned by Howell Public Schools, was built in 1880 and held classes until the late 50's. The building was restored in the 90's and is under the care of the Fleming School Agency, which is a committee that is made of mostly retired teachers. In 1994 it was named as a Michigan Historic Site. Schoolchildren would attend for a daylong, history themed field trips. The building was secured at the time of the fire and closed for the winter.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set. The Michigan Arson Prevention Committee is offering up to $5000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for this senseless crime.

To report any information please call 800-44-ARSON or the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 517-546-2440 or the Howell Area Fire Marshal at 517-546-0560 or Crime Stopper at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (you may remain anonymous).

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