Video from school released in St. John’s fire investigation

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has released a video to the public as part of its investigation into a recent fire at a school in the west end of St. John’s.

According to an RNC news release, police were called to a fire at Hazelwood Elementary School on Topsail Road during the early morning hours of July 6. The building sustained moderate damage.

Police believe the fire is suspicious in nature, though its cause is still under investigation. No injuries were reported during the fire.

In a video posted by the RNC on YouTube, two young men can be seen walking around the school shortly before 5 a.m. — authorities were called to the school at 5:30 a.m. A young man in a white hoodie can be seen throwing an object at what appears to be a window.

The other male, wearing a blue shirt with a backwards hat and a black backpack, joins him and begins hitting the same area where the male in the hoodie threw his object.

The first male is shown climbing into the building. He later opens a door to let the other male inside the school. They are then shown walking around the school. A time stamp on the video appears to indicate both males left the area at approximately 5:10 a.m.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anonymous tips can be provided online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Organizations: Hazelwood Elementary School, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Topsail Road

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