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May 30, 2018

Police: Fire intentionally set at Montgomery County school

Storage unit destroyed, brick thrown through window at Center School in Abington

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Kristen Oswald, of Royersford, Montgomery County, died during an Ironman triathlon in Ohio on Sunday after being struck by a commercial truck struck while she was cycling on the course. 

Police say a fire on the property of a Montgomery County school appears to have been set on purpose.

Officers responded to a report of smoke near the Center School in Abington at around 4:50 a.m. on Monday. There, they found an old storage unit engulfed in flames.

The storage unit was completely destroyed, as was about $5,000 worth of furniture inside, police said.

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The unit was located about 80 feet away from the actual school. Officers checked the school and found that someone had thrown a brick through a window, causing $500 in damage. 

Police said early indications are that the fire was intentionally set, and they are investigating the case as arson and criminal mischief.

The Center School is a private school for grades 1-8 that primarily serves children with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.