Primrose School fire believed to be arson

Posted 8/9/18

An early morning fire at Primrose School of Littleton may have been arson, Littleton Police said. Littleton Fire Rescue and Littleton Police responded to a fire at the school at 7991 Southpark Way, …

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Primrose School fire believed to be arson

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Littleton’s Primrose School should have been full of little kids on Aug. 9.

Instead, behind a police tape perimeter, crews boarded up windows and erected a fence around the school after a late-night fire damaged the building in the quiet SouthPark neighborhood.

The fire, which investigators believe was arson, broke out in the school at 7991 Southpark Way around 1:40 a.m. on Aug. 9, Littleton Police said in a press release. Investigators found evidence that the school was forcibly entered. No suspects have been named.

The school was closed on Aug. 9 and is expected to remain closed through at least the following week.

Farima Nemat, who owns the school with her husband Reza, said the extent of the damage is not yet known.

“They haven’t let us in yet,” Nemat said. “The fire department has been investigating all day. Thank god nobody was hurt. We’ll know more by tomorrow.”

For the families of the school’s 180 students, the fire is a major disruption, Nemat said.

“Parents have jobs,” Nemat said. “I have two toddlers of my own who attend this school. This kind of turmoil can be very difficult.”

Parents stopped by the school in droves on the day after the fire, Nemat said, offering help repairing and cleaning the building.

“The bright side is that we’ve built this community of support,” Nemat said.

Scott Harris, whose young son attends the school, stopped by to visit with the Nemats on his way home from work.

“We’re going to have to figure something out,” Harris said. “My wife and I both work. We’re not sure where our son will go.”

Harris said his family loves Primrose.

“It’s the best there is,” Harris said. His older son previously attended Primrose. “It’s been great getting to know Farima and Reza. It’s such a family atmosphere.”

Harris said he hadn’t told his kids about the fire.

“They’re too young to process all this,” Harris said.

In a letter sent to parents on Aug. 9, Nemat said she is reaching out to other Primrose schools in the area seeking temporary placement for students.

The investigation is ongoing, Littleton Police said.

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