2 face arson charges after ‘warming fire’ destroys old schoolhouse

A man and a woman are accused of trespassing and starting a fire that destroyed the oldest schoolhouse in Forsyth County, officials said.

Briana Danielle Shanyfelt, 20, of Cumming, and Nicholas Samuel Blaine, 22, of Alpharetta, were arrested Friday after a monthlong investigation, said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The old Sharon schoolhouse, located near Sharon Elementary School on Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee, had been abandoned.

The building was engulfed in flames when fire officials responded about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 1, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Fire Department said.

Shanyfelt and Blaine were allegedly trying to start a “warming fire” when the blaze got out of control and they left the structure, officials said.

Shanyfelt was released from jail on a $16,630 bond on charges of second-degree arson and making a false statement or concealing evidence.

Blaine was released from jail on a $16,610 bond on a second-degree arson charge.

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