Video shows man police believe set fire to school for women

By Kristen Kennedy | 

State police believed it was arson all along. Now they're asking for the public's help finding the man they say burned the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea.

"We want to interview him. At the very least he was in the area where one of these fires happened and he may have seen something that could help us out in the investigation," says Trooper Paul Blanton with Kentucky State Police.

State police believe the man in the surveillance video is responsible for setting two fires early Monday morning. One of them destroyed Berea's New Opportunity School for Women, an outreach program at Berea College that helps women in Appalachia. The program has helped hundreds, and leaders have already promised to keep it alive. State police plan to arrest the person responsible for the fire, but they need a little help from others identifying the man they think ignited the flames.

"We're looking for a approximately 5'8" male. Maybe 275 pounds. He was seen wearing on the video a hooded sweatshirt as well as camouflage pants and it appeared he had some facial hair."

The second fire - reported just 10 minutes after the first - happened at a home on Washington Street. State police say there was only minor damage there.

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