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Classes Moved After Arson Fire At FWISD High School

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Update: The Fort Worth Police Department has released photographs of the suspect and his vehicle. The individual has been identified as a heavyset Hispanic male who was wearing a black hoodie with red and black shorts. He was driving a white car with a black hood. Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact police at 817-392-2579 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477.

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - All of the students at Fort Worth's North Side High School will be on campus today, but some will be in different classrooms after an overnight fires damaged areas in and outside of the school.

Sometime before sunrise Friday a riding lawnmower outside the school was set ablaze. According to Fort Worth Independent School District spokesperson Clint Bond more damage was done while the lawnmower situation was being handled.

"While that was being taken care of by the fire department the people or person went inside to our main building, in the basement, and started a fire in the basement area, which we call the freshman hall."

The freshmen students are 'being accommodated' in other parts of the school today.

There is no word yet on how much it will cost the school to make repairs, but Bond said the blaze "… didn't create any structural damage at all. It was a very, very small fire but there was some soot and some smoke damage."

While students are still attending classes, Bond said they hope things will be back to normal at North Side by Monday.

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