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UPDATED: Man accused of setting Danville playground on fire arrested

Published On: Sep 01 2013 09:45:29 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 24 2013 03:05:05 PM EDT

Police say Tyrus Beck set the playground on fire.

DANVILLE, Va. -

A man accused of setting playground equipment on fire in Danville has been arrested.

Tyrus Lashawn Beck was arrested Monday evening in Halifax. Beck was taken to the Halifax County Adult Detention Center. He is being held without bond.

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Investigators say the fire at G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School was arson.

They say Tyrus Beck set the playground on fire on Labor Day.

Call police if you know where Beck is.

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UPDATED: Fire marshals are still calling the fire suspicious, They say school is still on for Tuesday.

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The Danville Fire Department responded to an outdoor fire at G. L. H. Johnson school Sunday around 6-pm. First responders found heavy smoke and fire coming from large playground set that had caught on fire.

Two Engines, a Safety Officer and one Chief Officer were on the scene for about an hour and a half. One of the free-standing classrooms suffered minor heat damage.

School officials were called to the scene as well. Danville Police and the Fire Marshall are investigating.

The fire is being considered suspicious because there was no source of ignition at the scene.

School officials valued the equipment at $120,000.
The Danville Fire Department responded to an outdoor fire at G. L. H. Johnson school Sunday around 6-pm. First responders found heavy smoke and fire coming from large playground set that had caught on fire.

Two Engines, a Safety Officer and one Chief Officer were on the scene for about an hour and a half. One of the free-standing classrooms suffered minor heat damage.

School officials were called to the scene as well. Danville Police and the Fire Marshall are investigating.

The fire is being considered suspicious because there was no source of ignition at the scene.

School officials valued the equipment at $120,000.