A piece of Lowndes County history went up in smoke over the weekend as the old Hahira Middle School is destroyed by fire. Fire investigators aren't saying much, except that they believe this fire was the work of an arsonist.
What used to be a place of learning has now been reduced to ashes and rubble after the old Hahira Middle School became engulfed in flames early Sunday morning.
It took 15 trucks and 70 firefighters to battle a blaze they knew they couldn't contain.
"We got back on our heels from the beginning. The fire spread so much when we got here that we never got it under control and we were defense the minute we were on scene,” says Fire Chief Dewight Bennett.
While ashes disappeared in the air, so did the hopes of many Hahira natives. The city wanted to turn the building into office space to help officials with city issues.
"We had just had negotiations with the Lowndes Board of Education where within two weeks we were going to renovate it and put police, fire department and an administrative office. It’s just devastating for the community,” says Myron Crowe, Mayor of Hahira.
But while some sit and remember the past, others realize a life long listen.
"To me it’s just like losing a part of my life form years and years and years. I can't understand something like this happening, but I guess that is life things come and go," says M.C. Nelson, Hahira City Councilman.
Authorities are not letting this go. They're offering a reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction for the person responsible for the fire.
Right now authorities don't have any suspects and have no idea who would have done something like this. Authorities are asking everyone with information to please contact the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.
They are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.