CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- More than 10 days after a fire damaged a Chesterfield library, new video has emerged that showed the flames as they shot high into the sky. A police plane that circled above recorded video of the November 14 fire that investigators have since ruled arson.
"Fire crews and police responded to 325 Courthouse Road and discovered corrugated plastic pipes burning in close proximity to the new Chesterfield County library. The newly constructed library sustained heavy damage due to heat exposure. Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set as no other fire sources were discovered in the area," a Crime Solvers spokesperson said. "Crime Solvers, Chesterfield County Fire and EMS, and police are now turning to the public for assistance in solving this case. Due to the value of the damage sustained to the library and its grounds, an anonymous tipster could receive a significant reward for information helpful in resolving this incident."
The fire's intense heat broke out windows in the building and damaged a light in the parking lot. Prior to the fire, county officials had stopped work on the library because an estimate for furniture, fixtures and equipment came over budget by more than $100,000. The $13 million library was about 80 percent completed.
If you have information about this fire, call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.