BREAKING: Purvis High School fire ruled arson

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - A fire at the Purvis High School field house has beenruled as arson by investigators and a $5,000 reward is being offered for thearrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved.

According to Lamar County investigators evidenceobtained at the scene shows signs of an incendiary element that led to thedestruction of the building.

The Purvis High School field house wascompletely destroyed by fire around 1:00 p.m. August 16th.

Multiple fire departments from around thecounty responded to the blaze that gutted the facility.

"It included everything, our weight room, field house,storage, our dressing facility so you know it's a big loss particularly thistime of year to try to get everything pulled back together," said Purvis Headcoach Perry Wheat.

Since the time of the fire, numerous coaches andbusinesses from around the state have pitched in to provide Purvis with theequipment they need to get their season back on track.

The Lamar County Sheriff's Department asks anyone withany information to contact the local sheriffs department or contact the StateFire Marshall's office at 601-359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877.