“It’s dangerous,” neighbors concerned about arsons at abandoned OKC school

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- There is concern surrounding an abandoned Oklahoma City school.
Early Saturday morning firefighters put out a fire at Columbus Elementary.
Investigators say it was intentionally set on the second floor.
The school has been closed since 2014 and some nearby residents say it has become a nuisance.
If nothing is done with it one neighbor told News Channel 4 she wants it torn down.
"It's dangerous. Especially at night for kids that are neighbors, you know? We have kids next door and they play out there. So yea it's really scary," Becky said.
It was just after 4:00 a.m. when firefighters were called to the school Saturday.
"When we got on scene there was light smoke showing from all the way around the building.
We forced a door on the front side of the school and we made it to the second floor where we found that they had begun a small fire in this particular room.
It was large enough though there it did smoke up the entire building," Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said. 
It was a dangerous situation for those who went in.
"When a fire is in an abandoned structure it can be even more dangerous for our firefighters because these are structures that are not well maintained. They may have holes in the floors.
They may have stairwells that are compromised.
It may collapse easier under fire conditions," Fulkerson said.
This is not the first time firefighters have had to step inside the building.
Even though it appears to be pretty well locked up trespassers have made their way in before.
"This is the second time we've been here in a month and a half. We were out here on July the 12th and with very similar circumstances," Fulkerson said.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department is asking neighbors to be on high alert and report any suspicious activity to them.
"I wish they could rebuild and have school going on again because it was safer then," Becky, a neighbor said.
The Oklahoma City Public School says it is currently looking into what to do with the old elementary.
If you know who set the fire call the fire department at 405-232-7766. A reward is being offered.

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