Fire officials: Fire in CPCC Central High building was set intentionally

A fire that shut down a building at Central Piedmont Community College on Friday was intentionally set, fire officials said.

The fire in a first-floor bathroom of CPCC’s Central High building was reported to the Charlotte Fire Department at 12:31 p.m. The building was closed, as 12 firefighters took eight minutes to put out the fire. The incident was contained to the bathroom and no injuries were reported.

Students and faculty followed the school’s evacuation plan and students were instructed to use online services or those at another CPCC campus.

Shortly after the fire was reported, CATS shut down service to its CityLynx Gold Line streetcar because its tracks run in front of the Central High building, spokeswoman Krystel Green said. CATS temporarily replaced the CityLynx service with bus service until it could restore the streetcar service about 30 minutes later, Green said.

Anyone with information about the fire should contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

David Perlmutt