The following article appeared in yesterday’s Maryland Gazette online. The school is affiliated with the Clinton Grace Brethren Church, Howard Mayes, pastor.
Prince George’s County Fire⁄EMS investigators are looking for answers in the case of a private school bus that they found burning in Clinton last night.
Fire⁄EMS personnel arrived at the 6700 block of Surratts Road at about 8:20 p.m. at Grace Brethren Christian School and extinguished the blaze.
Investigators have not yet determined a cause of the fire, officials said.
‘‘All they’ve said about this is that it’s under investigation,” said department spokesman Mark Brady. ‘‘Nothing has been ruled out … The damage was significant.”
School officials say they believe the fire was an act of vandalism and point to a broken-in storage shed, tossed paint and a torched trash can as further evidence.
‘‘How does a bus just catch on fire at 8 p.m. at night?” asked school Director George Hornickel.