BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — It’s been more than nine months since the man accused of setting fire to the old Bedford Middle School was arrested, and on Wednesday, he is slated to appear at the Bedford General District Court.
On Jan. 23, the Bedford Fire Department responded to a fire a the old Bedford Middle School. Fire crews worked to control the fire throughout the day and responded to small patches of fire that reignited overnight.
Investigators found traces of an accelerant and determined the fire was ignited intentionally. Photos from surveillance video captured images of a potential person of interest.
Several weeks later, on Feb. 19, the Bedford Police Department announced that, with help from the community and surveillance cameras, they were able to arrest 21-year-old Daniel Jared Flint, a former student from the school.
Flint faces two charges of burglary and arson in connection with the fire at the old Bedford Middle School.
He also has prior charges, including an attempted arson charge linked to a fire from Oct. 13, 2016.
Flint is set to appear in the Bedford General District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The loss of the historic former Bedford High School — which became, years later, Bedford Middle School — was felt by entire the town. It’s one of only three remaining buildings that share a history with The Bedford Boys, Company A of the 29th Infantry Division.
In addition, the old Bedford Middle School was slated for redevelopment, including a boutique hotel, apartments, and a performance space before the fire happened.
WFXR reached out to Waukeshaw — the company behind the project — for an update on their plans for the former middle school, and as of this writing, they have not responded.
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