UPDATE: Classes at Columbia Elementary to resume Tuesday, May 16

The school district cancelled classes Monday to restore phone, Internet service lost in a Saturday night arson fire
By Nicholas Johnson | May 14, 2017

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. May 15)

Classes at Columbia Elementary School are set to resume Tuesday, May 16.

District officials repaired fiber optic cables Monday while classes were cancelled. Those cables, which provide phone and Internet service to the school, were damaged Saturday in an arson fire.

Original story (May 14, 2017)

Classes at Columbia Elementary School are cancelled for Monday, May 15, after fire damaged a fiber optic cable late Saturday night, cutting phone and Internet service to the school.

Mukilteo School District officials plan to assess the damage to the phone lines Monday to determine whether repairs can be made in time to resume school on Tuesday.

The Snohomish County Fire Investigator ruled the fire an arson. Property damages are estimated to value more than $100,000. A Mukilteo Police Department investigation is ongoing.

The fire started in or on a porta-potty, according to the Mukilteo Fire Department. It then spread to the eaves of the school building, ruining computer and electrical equipment and filling the kitchen and gym with heavy smoke.

While smoke caused damage to the interior of the building, most of the damage occurred on the exterior, according to the school district.

The fire was reported at 10:06 p.m. May 13. Mukilteo fire crews arrived at the Harbour Pointe Boulevard campus at 10:13 p.m. Units from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Everett and Lynnwood fire departments also responded, for a combined total of 28 fire personnel.

Upon arrival, crews used hose lines to attack flames both inside and outside the school. Ventilation fans were set up to remove the “large amount” of smoke that had filled the gym and kitchen area, according to the fire department.

Crews cleared the scene at 12:35 a.m. May 14.

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