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Hardaway athletic director suspects arson in athletic shed fire

The Hardaway High athletic director said he suspects a fire that destroyed a shed holding athletic equipment and a trailer last weekend may have been arson.

The school lost all of its softball equipment and a covered trailer that was parked behind the shed early Sunday, according to athletic director Marty Richburg, who said he thought the fire was set intentionally.

“I don’t see how else it could have started,” Richburg said Wednesday. “I haven’t heard if the police have found anything out yet, but it seems like there had to be some kind of accelerant because there’s no electricity out there and it was a metal shed.”

Firefighters responded to the fire at 4:18 a.m. Sunday, and the blaze took about 15 minutes to put out, according to a fire department report.

Richburg estimated the cost of the lost equipment and trailer at $12,000. That estimate does not include the cost of replacing the 12-by-12 shed.

“We lost everything that was in the shed, and the fire spread to the trailer,” Richburg said. “The side and back of the trailer were burned, so that was ruined, too.”

Hardaway recently purchased another trailer, but the school often loaned the older trailer to other organizations, according to Richburg.

The fire did not damage any other buildings on campus.

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