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Community stepping up to help school destroyed by fire

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

A central Kentucky school destroyed by a fire police now call arson is getting some help for rebuilding efforts.

The executive director of The New Opportunity School for Women in Berea tells 27 NEWSFIRST the school is getting a lot of feedback from the community since our stories aired Monday.

Executive director Lori Sliwa and the school's staff are meeting in Lexington with the school's founder Tuesday to toss around ideas and strategize.

Sliwa says they are already looking at a couple of places in Berea to re-locate. For now, they're using People's Bank in Berea for temporary office space. She says they can conduct business there, but classes cannot resume yet.

Kentucky State Police continue investigating the fire after ruling it arson Monday.

After reviewing surveillance video, police believe a man seen walking through a parking lot toward the school set the building on fire--to cover up a burglary.

State Police say while they've made no arrests, local police do have a couple of leads.

Police are also investigating whether the man seen in the surveillance is responsible for setting a house fire about 10 minutes after the school fire. That happened at a home on Washington street in Berea.

The executive director of The New Opportunity School says donations are needed the most now, as they look to get the school up and running again.

To donate, log on to their website, NOSW.org, or mail donations to 204 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40403.

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