OCEANSIDE — After a day off for Presidents’ Day, teachers and students came back to a charred administration building at Lake Elementary School. A fire broke out on Feb. 21 and caused $22,000 in damages to the school.
The emergency call came in at 3:43 p.m. Feb. 21 and within six minutes Oceanside and Vista firefighters were on the scene to put out the fire at the school that sits in Oceanside and is part of the Vista Unified School District.
When firefighters arrived heavy smoke was spewing from the roof of the administration building. The fire was found to have originated in the electrical room of the building.
“Firefighters made a forced entry on the wall of the electrical vault and used dry chemical extinguisher because of the nature of the fire,” Joe Ward, battalion chief of the Oceanside Fire Department, said.
Heavy fire damage occurred to the electrical room and minor smoke damage occurred to other parts of the building.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. “There wasn’t any indication it was arson,” Ward said.
Due to the Monday holiday, none of the 789 students were present at the kindergarten through fifth-grade school.