Damage Appears To Be Contained to One Wing
Update, Saturday morning: Three juveniles arrested on arson charges. Scroll down for details.
A FIRE STARTED DURING CLASS HOURS at the Woodburn High School in Woodburn, Oregon, Friday morning and went to four alarms.
The blaze began shortly before 9:30 am Pacific and is still burning at the time of this writing. Some early, but unconfirmed, reports say that it began in a classroom in the woodshop class area. One student told the Salem Statesman-Journal: "We went out like it was a planned fire drill, but when we were told to go to the football field we knew it was real. We’d never done that before."
The school principal told the press that 1,250 students along with 150 teachers and other staff were all evacuated safely. After roll call in the football field, the students were walked to a nearby clinic where their parents would be able to pick them up.
KPTV News posted this raw video taken from their helicopter:
The Woodburn Fire Department was assisted by Aurora, St. Paul, Hubbard, Tualatin Valley and Marion County firefighters. No further information has been made available yet.
Hat tip: Mark Donovan
Update, Saturday morning:
Woodburn Police Dept. detectives announced that they have arrested three 15-yr.-old boys and charged them with 1st-degree arson, reckless burning and reckless endangerment. NWCN is reporting:
As the fire was brought under control investigators learned it was not accidental, according to Detective Sgt. Nick Wilson.
"Detectives were able to take the information and it led them to the arrest of three 15-year-old juveniles, who were students of WHS," Wilson said. They were lodged in the the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
All three of the juveniles are students at the school.
It was also announced that the school will be closed all next week and will reopen on the 21st. The fire destroyed the wood and metal shops.
KOIN-TV posted this video update:
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