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Auburn, Washington – Two Fires at School Rules as Arson

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Posted on July 9, 2019

Auburn, Washington (July 4, 2019) – Two fires which broke out at the Thomas Jefferson High School on July 1 and July 4 have been ruled as arson. As school is not in session and the fires occurred late at night, there were no injuries reported, but there was damage done to the lower auxiliary gym at the school, which is used during summer sessions.

The fires caused damage that would take two weeks of repair. The July 4 fire, which was the more serious incident, also caused smoke damage and prompted a full commercial response due to the amount of damage and smoke done. Anyone with information on the fire is being asked to contact the King County Fire Investigators Tip Line.

About Fire

It is fortunate no one was harmed in this incident. Any place frequented by people must be secured against fire, whether accidental or intentionally set. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. Building owners are urged to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.

According to a report from the U.S Fire Administration, recorded fatalities in school fires are fortunately rare. However, according to records most fires break out between 8 a.m and 5 p.m., the hours where people are most likely to be in school. As for the causes, the leading causes were cooking, intentional action or heat. Intentional action was the leading cause for unconfined school fires at 41 %. With these facts in mind, it is important that schools must be properly equipped with fire-suppression tools, as well as alarm devices. Student and faculty alike should also be given proper instructions on what to do and where to go once a fire breaks out. By taking these cautionary steps, one can help limit the number of injuries and loss that a fire can cause.