Update: Juveniles arrested in connection to old Jacksonville Elementary School fire

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JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — The Jacksonville Fire Department has confirmed that juveniles had been arrested for setting the old Jacksonville Elementary School on fire.

During the course of the investigation the department believes the fire was arson.


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – The cause of a Wednesday fire at a vacant school building remains under investigation.

The Jacksonville Fire Department said in a news release issued Thursday that its fire marshal is working to determine how the blaze started.

“We extinguished the fire as quickly as possible, preventing the loss of the adjacent structures. After conducting a thorough search of the building, the building was confirmed to be unoccupied at the time of the fire,” the release stated.


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – An old abandoned Jacksonville school building is ruined Wednesday after flames ripped through the building. Fire crews said the building on South Oak Street is a total loss.

Fire crews said the fire broke out around noon. Crews battled the blaze for more than five hours. As the building was destroyed several people stopped by to get a closer look. Many of them said its said to see their memories go up in smoke.

Jacksonville Mayor Bob Johnson said the city was going to renovate the building. Jacksonville fire training officer Grant Warner said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and it’s unclear if anyone was inside the building before the fire started.

Original story:

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. – A school building that has been vacant for years has been damaged by fire.

The blaze sent firefighters to the scene at 108 S. Oak Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Flames could be seen rising from the roof as firefighters battled the blaze from a ladder truck.

It’s not yet known what caused the fire.

More details to come.

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