Sulphur school was to be sold

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By Brent Schanding

No arrests have been made in the suspected arson that destroyed the former Sulphur High School earlier this month, Danny Stivers, an investigator with the Kentucky State Police said Monday.

But a few people have been identified who might provide leads on how the fire started, Stivers said, without divulging those names.

According to public records, the abandoned Sulphur Road schoolhouse was owned by Terry and Bridget Brock of Santa Rosa, Fla. and was set to be sold at public auction Feb. 28. But the property, which appraised for $69,000 in January, was withdrawn from the auction block just days before it was engulfed by fire, records show.

"There's nothing at all nefarious about it being withdrawn before the sale date," Joe Yates, master commissioner for the sale, said. It's unclear why owners cancelled the sale, but about one in four cases are eventually cancelled, Yates added.

Three separate phone listings for the Brocks were disconnected and other attempts to contact the owners by phone proved unsuccessful.

It's believed the school was abandoned in the 1960s after serving most recently as an elementary school. Fire ravaged the historic building late on Mar. 2, leaving only its brick facade. At least 20 firefighters from four departments battled the blaze for three hours and made every effort to save the building.

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