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CFD: Fire at Phillip O. Berry high was intentionally set

A small fire that caused the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon was intentionally set, officials with the Charlotte Fire Department say.

The high school – on Alleghany Street, off Freedom Drive near Interstate 85 – was being evacuated when the department responded to fire alarms, officials said Thursday.

The sprinkler system had already extinguished the small fire, which officials said caused roughly $1,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The CFD Investigation Task Force determined the fire was intentionally set and is working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to resolve the issue, officials said.

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