Classroom, School Bus Destroyed in Possible Arson Fires at Redlands High School

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A classroom and a school bus were destroyed when multiple suspicious fires broke out at Redlands High School Wednesday morning, officials said.

Multiple fires at Redlands High School were being investigated as arson on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Credit: Redlands Fire Department)

Multiple fires at Redlands High School were being investigated as arson on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Credit: Redlands Fire Department)

The Redlands Fire Department responded to a call at 4:15 a.m. about a fire in the bus yard of the high school (map), according to Carl Baker, a spokesman for the city.

Arriving firefighters found a school bus and an empty utility trailer on fire, Baker said. Both were destroyed, and another bus and trailer were also damaged.

Within a few minutes, the Fire Department was alerted that a classroom was also on fire.

Crews broke from the bus fire to extinguish the new blaze, but the classroom -- which was an exterior, temporary room -- was destroyed, Baker said.

No one was injured as a result of the fires, which were being investigated as arson, Baker said. Redlands police were investigating the possibility that the fires were part of an attempted burglary, according to a news release from Baker.

Redlands High School students and staff were on spring break at the time of incident.

The Redlands Unified School District thanked the Redlands Fire Department in a brief statement.

"As they continue their investigation, we turn our attention toward clean-up and replacement, and will be ready for school to resume on Monday," the school district stated.

No damage estimate was available.

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