Clearwater, Florida — Police now say a fire that brought 50 firefighters out late Saturday night to a Clearwater business was intentionally set.
You can still smell the smoke at Apollo School of Gymnastics in Clearwater where investigators are asking for your help to find a suspected arsonist.
"It's very surprising. I can't imagine who would want to do that," said Kim Jackson, who's been bringing her daughter to Apollo gym for three years. "It's definitely devastating," she said.
Now she says she's at a loss for what to do.
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"She's here five days a week because she does after school, summer camp, and the team," she said.
Parents like Cheryl and Carl McClean are in the same boat.
"You wonder who had a beef, or what was going on," said Carl McClean, who has brought his two daughters to the gym for more than a year.
"Who would do this? My kids love coming here," Cheryl McClean said.
But the family said there have been recent staffing changes.
In an email obtained by 10 News, sent to parents by gym administrators, one coach was fired last month for sending "inappropriate electronic messages to one of our teenage students."
"Due to the suggestive nature of the messages, the decision was made to terminate our relationship with the coach," the email reads.
That former coach now lives out of state.
At the scene, families gathered to see the damage themselves.
"I don't know what's gonna happen," Cheryl McClean said. "Hopefully they can fix it and get it back up again because we love coming here."
The Apollo Class and Team programs have the week off for the 4th of July. Both programs will resume the week of July 7th in a temporary facility. Parents will be contacted individually with further information.
Equipment has been arranged for continuing the programs during the clean-up and investigation.
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