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This is why I will call and report any sounds of fireworks after the designated times...

Posted by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. — An fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver early Sunday morning.

Evergreen Public Schools spokesman Carol Fenstermacher says school will be canceled Monday and school officials are working to find an alternative place to send the school's 500 students.

Audrey Christina teaches third grade at Crestline and lives across the street from the school. She said one of her neighbors woke her up during the fire.

"I've been at Crestline 21 years," she said. "I walked out my door and looked at my classroom. I'm that close."

Christina told KATU News that she saw some kids lighting fireworks near the school between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday night.

"I came outside and saw some kids with fireworks," she said. "And then I came back in and some of my neighbors told me they continued to hear fireworks at 3 o'clock this morning."

The fire started just after 3 a.m., firefighters said. Brenda Cruz said she was walking her dog near the school when she saw the fire.

"I saw some fire on the ground and some flames kind of coming down," Cruz said. "At that point it was small, so I called 911."

Fenstermacher said insurance will cover the damage. She told KATU the school's 50 staff members will stay employed.

Fenstermacher says fire officials don't know what started the blaze, but it "totally destroyed" the school.

It could be several days before investigators determine a cause, according to Vancouver Fire spokesman Kevin Stromberg. He said investigators won't be able to enter the building until Monday.

"The fire spread quickly throughout the attic through the entire structure," Stromberg said. "When the school was built it was a requirement to have sprinklers in the structure, but not in the attic."

Stromberg said if the school were being built today, attic sprinklers would be required.

Nearly 40 firefighters responded to the fire at the school. One firefighter was hurt, but his injuries were minor and he was released from the hospital.

The school district will begin to work on a long term plan for the students and staff.

"My first thought was 'what are we going to do with all the children?" Christina said. "It's going to be hard - hard for a lot of them. For a lot of kids, their safe place is at school."

by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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kitty8199
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM
It can happen any time. Fires aren't on timers.

Kids just need to be supervised by parents
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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM


Very true...   I dont know why kids were out that late near or on school property.

Quoting kitty8199:

It can happen any time. Fires aren't on timers.

Kids just need to be supervised by parents



kitty8199
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM
I know, where were the parents

Quoting frndlyfn:


Very true...   I dont know why kids were out that late near or on school property.


Quoting kitty8199:

It can happen any time. Fires aren't on timers.



Kids just need to be supervised by parents




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LilliesValley
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Supervision is not optional, nor is parent involvement. Parents should know where their kids are on a Sat night.
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christina0607
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM
Quoting LilliesValley:

Supervision is not optional, nor is parent involvement. Parents should know where their kids are on a Sat night.


I don't think it says how old the kids are though. They could be 18yos.

Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

LilliesValley
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM
True, but I see plenty of kids under 18 with fireworks and no supervision. Or just no supervision.


Quoting christina0607:

Quoting LilliesValley:

Supervision is not optional, nor is parent involvement. Parents should know where their kids are on a Sat night.



I don't think it says how old the kids are though. They could be 18yos.

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christina0607
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM
Quoting LilliesValley:


I don't live in a state that sells fireworks. But I think to blame the parents without even knowing the situation is crazy. Kids do stupid things sometimes...even your kids will. Kwim.

Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

LilliesValley
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 7:04 PM
Oh yes, they do and I'm sure mine will but going off the available info or what I know and see isn't wrong. Just because they will and do doesn't mean their parents should not do their best. No free passes here. All some people do is advert their eyes and help their kids make bad choices. I knew some patents that bought their 14 year olds Roman candles to shoot at each other. Then boo hoo when tragedy strikes and someone gets burned and ends up I'm the ER they're surprised and all, "why my baby!" That's just Fucked up. Good thing it was one of their kids that got hurt and not someone elses.


Quoting christina0607:

Quoting LilliesValley:


I don't live in a state that sells fireworks. But I think to blame the parents without even knowing the situation is crazy. Kids do stupid things sometimes...even your kids will. Kwim.

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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Feb. 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

BUMP!

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