FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — One person is in custody, accused of breaking into a Fort Worth elementary and setting it on fire.
Late in the evening on October 2 the Fort Worth Fire Department was dispatched to the 1800 block of Barron Lane. When crews arrived they found Atwood McDonald Elementary with active smoke and fire inside.READ MORE: Tarrant County Lifts Outdoor Burning Ban; Fire Marshal Reminds Of Safety Requirements
Crews were able to quickly contain the fire but not before significant damage to the school.
While fighting the fire crews came across a man, later identified as Joseph Dorsey, who they ultimately ended up treating for smoke inhalation and transporting to John Peter Smith Hospital.READ MORE: Walgreens Begins Testing Drone Delivery In 2 North Texas Cities
After Fort Worth Fire arson completed their investigation they determined the fire was intentionally set. Dorsey, 61, was taken into custody after being treated. He is facing burglary and arson charges.MORE NEWS: White House Details Plans To Vaccinate 28 Million Children Ages 5-11
Because of the smoke damage, some classrooms at Atwood McDonald may be closed Monday, October 4, but officials say school will be in session. Drop-off and pick-up locations at the school will be relocated.