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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.

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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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