Two arson fires set at Highline High School Monday morning


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Two separate arson fires were set at Highline High School Monday morning, March 19, according to Burien/ Normandy Park Fire Chief Mike Marrs.

The fires were set a few hours apart in two different restrooms.

Both have been posted as arson with a reward.

Any other details will be released by the King County Sherriff’s Fire Investigation Unit.

The school was reoccupied after both fires.

“This morning we noticed smoke as a result of a bathroom fire,” Highline Public Schools Chief Communications Officer Catherine Carbone Rogers told The B-Town Blog. “Students were immediately evacuated while the fire department investigated. After the fire and smoke were cleared, students returned to class. A second, separate bathroom fire was discovered later in the morning and students were again evacuated. Police are now investigating.”

Here’s text from an email sent out to parents:

This morning a student reported smoke coming from a bathroom.  Students were immediately evacuated while the fire department extinguished the fire and investigated. About 20 minutes later, students were given the all clear to return to class.

A second, separate bathroom fire was discovered later in the morning and students were again evacuated.

The police are now investigating.

We want you to know that we take fires very seriously. We work to ensure that students feel safe and are safe at school. I commend the student who reported the fire and ask that anyone with knowledge of who may have set the fires contact me promptly. We always encourage students to report any safety concern they may have.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 206-631-6700.

– Vicki Fisher, Principal

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