Police searching for suspects of arson and property damage at Brampton elementary school

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Police are continuing to investigate a recent fire at a Brampton school that has been deemed suspicious.

Around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Brampton Fire responded to reports of black smoke coming from inside St. Leonard Elementary School at 185 Conestoga Drive.

Firefighters attended the scene and extinguished a fire found in the school’s office area.

No injuries were reported.

Initial investigation has determined that this fire was intentionally set,” police say.

The suspect(s) attended various areas inside of the school and caused significant damage to classrooms, electrical systems and other important areas, before attending the office area where the fire was set.”

According to police, $8 million in damage was done to the school, and repairs are expected to take approximately 12-18 months.

"Our school is a source of much pride to St. Leonard students and staff, past and present. We are shocked to learn of the extent of the damage and that the fire may have been deliberately set," said Celiza Ribeiro, principal at St. Leonard Elementary.

"We appeal to the community to come forward with any information that they think may help police in their investigation."

Police are asking nearby residents and those who passed through the area to check their dash-cam and video surveillance footage between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the incident.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 905-453-3311.

Photo courtesy of Brampton Fire

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