Fire-gutted school building poised for restoration

One week since the Old Hattiesburg High School was torched, cleanup crews were at the site Tuesday, ready to go forward with the restoration process.

Joe White, president of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association says cleanup crews are removing debris around the building.

Later this week, workers will tear down the top two floors of the old high school so work crews can get inside the building safely to clean out the interior.

White says plans are to rebuild the old high school back to its original four floors.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree will have dump trucks on the site to assist work crews with the cleanup process.

Two Pine Belt businesses are now assisting Crimestoppers in finding the arsonist who torched the Old Hattiesburg High School.

Lawson Overhead Door Company in Laurel is matching the Crimestoppers award of $1,000. The company says it matched the reward in hopes that someone would come forward with more information.

And former Hattiesburg Mayor Bobby Chain tells 7 ON YOUR SIDE that he will contribute another $5,000 in the name of Chain Electric to help catch the arsonist.

Give Crimestoppers a call at 582-STOP (7867). All callers will remain anonymous.

If your tip leads to a felony charge you could now receive a reward totaling $7,000.

The fire destroyed the entire interior of the building last week.

Phone Crimestoppers at 582-STOP(7867).