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Police investigate school library fire

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a small blaze in the libraryof a Dartmouth school that they believe had been deliberately set.

Halifax Regional Police are investigating a small blaze in the library of a Dartmouth school that they believe had been deliberately set.

Halifax regional fire spokesman Capt. Dave Meldrum said they were called to Ellenvale Junior High School at 88 Bella Vista Drive just before 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

They found “a very small fire” which had already been put out by people inside using a dry chemical extinguisher.

Police believe the fire was started after something was thrown through an open window causing a stack of books to catch fire.

Meldrum said damage was limited to a few books and some cabinetry. The school was cleaned up and open for students yesterday.

In its initial investigation, Meldrum said there was concern by fire investigators about how the blaze started.

“It seemed like it might be suspicious and the on-scene firefighters asked police to also come in and have a look as well,” Meldrum said.

Police are looking to speak with anyone in the area at the time of the incident to help determine how the fire started.