A fire that destroyed a New Jersey school building is being treated as an arson and arson investigators are reviewing a report that said the fire was intentionally set.
The charred remains of the K-12 school building, which was built in 1979, are shown in this undated handout photo provided by the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s office said Friday it is reviewing the report by the New Jersey Fire Authority that said it’s likely arson and not caused by a natural disaster.
A fire that engulfed a school in Camden last week was considered arson and investigators were reviewing the fire report as they were preparing to determine if a criminal act was committed, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
It’s not clear whether the school was built by the state or a private company.
The fire destroyed the building in the Camden neighborhood of Camden, about a five-minute drive from New York City.
The school building has not been rebuilt.
The Camden Fire Department has been called in to investigate.
A spokesman for the New York State Department of Education said the department is working to determine the cause of the fire.
The building was built for a school district that serves the Camden and Monmouth counties, according to its website.
It is a state-funded school building that is part of a large multi-family complex in Camden.
The Camden fire department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.