HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- In the distance, the Hamilton County SWAT team looks through a window at Loftis Middle School with guns drawn.
Around 2:30 a.m., a fire alarm was triggered and Dallas Bay Fire teams rushed to the school.
When they arrived there wasn't a visible fire in sight, but inside tells a different story.
Amy Maxwell with the Hamilton County Emergency Services says, "There was obvious evidence of vandalism and they noticed noises within the building."
We are told officers didn't find the vandals but say one classroom has broken windows and blinds torn down.
The main office was also ransacked and destroyed.
Firefighters immediately left the building for safety reasons once they heard the noises inside.
Once outside they noticed a small fire in a corner of the building and again firefighters went to work.
They were able to put out the blaze but at a cost.
"Because of the sprinkler system, we do have water damage in the building, but I don't know how much," says Maxwell.
Monday, the entrance to the school was blocked by sheriff's deputies while closer to the school several people were on sight looking at the damage.
We are told it could take hours to assess to the total scene.
Loftis Middle School will be closed Tuesday, September 18..
No suspect information has been released.
A Salvation Army red kettle with about $200 dollars in donations inside was stolen in Chattanooga Tuesday.
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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