CRITTENDEN, Ky. (WKYT) - Investigators say an arsonists is to blame for a fire that burned two historic buildings this weekend.
Firefighters received a call around 2:00 a.m. Sunday about a fire at Grant County Park.
We're told that when firefighters arrived, the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School was engulfed in flames.
The fire spread to nearby Rice Chapel. It is another historic building located next to the school.
The fire destroyed the school and badly damaged the chapel.
Fire also destroyed a Little League concession stand.
The Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School is a Rosenwald School. Rosenwald schools were built in the early 20Th century for the education of African-American students.
The school was open from 1925 to 1958. It was moved the Grant County Park with Rice Chapel as part of a restoration plan of historical sites in the county.
Connie Taylor helped restore the historic school into a museum and hopes this arson is not racially motivated, "I'm hoping that it was just somebody that just wanted to burn a building and didn't know the significance of it."
But, Taylor says its hard to rule out the possibility after recent events that have happened around town, "This summer we had a KKK group here come from Covington that were recruiting members. And this summer someone had spray painted racial epitaph in the back of the school and the church. But, I still like to think that's not what it is."
A handful of former students are still living in Grant County, "I haven't told them all yet, I just haven't had the heart to, " adds Taylor.
Taylor says most memorabilia including original pictures and documents are safe. She takes them home with her after the museum closes each day, "I've never left it here I've always been afraid that something could happen. I didn't think about it really burning down."
Some things that were destroyed in the fire won't be able to be replaced.
"The wooden desks that the students would sit at with metal pieces...none of the wood was there. The teachers desks are all gone , the blackboard. You can't hardly find blackboards anymore that are that big, says Taylor.
This is not the first arson at the park this year. The Grant County Little League lost a two-story concession building to an arson in May.
The Kentucky Arson Task Force is offering a $1,000 reward in the Little League case.
The Grant County Fiscal Court is offering a $1,000 reward for Sunday's fire.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Grand County Sheriff's Office at 859-824-3333.
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