Dillingham fire at school was intentionally set

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fire at the Dillingham school this week was arson, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Investigators determined that the fire was set in the school library at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Someone stacked two chairs on a table in the middle of the library, sprayed an accelerant on the table and across a row of books, and lit the fire, troopers said.

The fire set off the sprinkler system in the library. The sprinkler system put the fire out before it spread to any other part of the room.

Investigators said the accelerant, which was probably lighter fluid, also was spread in a back hallway but was not lit.

Damage was estimated at $10,000.

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