Suspicious Fire At Granite Bay High School Investigated

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GRANITE BAY -- South Placer Fire District investigators are not yet calling a suspicious fire that either damaged or destroyed three storage sheds used by the art department as arson.

But Roseville Joint Union High School District officials believe that's the case, and students have heard the same.

Art teachers were making an inventory of the items in the sheds, which included new paints and glazes used by ceramics students for the coming term.

Both school officials and fire officials say the fire could have spread to the permanent buildings if fire crews weren't dealing with a car fire just around the corner from the school. Both occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Contrary to what some believe, fire officials have not said the two are linked. Still both are suspicious. The wooden sheds and their contents will be replaced and the disruption to incoming students when school starts on Aug. 10 is expected to be minimal.

"It cost a lot of money, but we are going to get those replaced in time for school to begin to make sure our students are ready and can do all the projects they need to do," said Brad Basham with the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

Still, school staff and students are concerned that the fire was the result of arson.

"All of our buildings are close to each other, so it could jump so quickly to the performing arts building, or down to the science buildings. I don't think the person who did this thought about the consequences of this," said Granite Bay High senior Saawan Tiwari.

Basham also said there is a normal increase in security on campuses at the beginning of the school year as custodians go on their regular rotation in the evenings and campus police resume their duties.

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