CARLSBAD — Investigators have yet to determine a suspect responsible for an early morning fire at Aviara Oaks Elementary School on the morning of Feb. 3.
“We’re still working on some active leads but there hasn’t been anything that’s developed yet,” Carlsbad Fire Marshal Jim Weigand said.
Although the school hasn’t received a firm answer from city officials, they are moving forward with the post-fire cleanup to recover as much as possible, office assistant Peggy Truxaw said.
“A lot of things can be salvaged,” including books that suffered minor smoke damage, Truxaw said.
In her weekly report, school Principal Kimberly Ann Huesing noted that “amid the frustrations of senseless loss,” the school is recovering well.
She applauded the Carlsbad Fire Department for its quick response that contained the fire before it could spread to the adjoining school office and library.
Despite the unfortunate situation, Huesing and her staff have chosen to see the bright side of it all. “We are looking forward to picking new colors for our staff room, as well as new furniture and décor!”
Investigators have estimated that the intentional fire caused at least $250,000 in damages to the teachers lounge.
The fire was contained to the one room, which allowed students and classes to continue on as they normally would. Firefighters responded to the alarm around 1:30 am on Feb. 3 to find flames visible from the school, located at 6900 Ambrosia Lane.