After 14 months of investigative work by the Vancouver Fire-Arson Unit, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office today issued a criminal summons to a juvenile on the charge of Arson II in February 3, 2013, fire at Crestline Elementary School (13003 SE 17th St.). The juvenile’s first appearance in court is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 21, 2014.
The Vancouver Fire Department responded the fire at Crestline Elementary School last year. The school was tragically consumed by the fire and eventually considered a total loss of approximately $8 million dollars.
Since then, the Vancouver Fire-Arson Unit, which is comprised of Vancouver Fire Department fire investigators and Vancouver Police officers, has actively worked the case. The unit determined the fire origin and cause, and followed up on hundreds of leads and interviews. In addition, the Fire-Arson Unit received assistance from federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (ATF) investigators and, collectively, was able to identify two juveniles involved in setting the school on fire. The ATF also provided assistance by completing full scale fire testing at their federal lab in Virginia.
“The loss of Crestline Elementary School was extremely upsetting to the students, teachers, Evergreen School District administration and our community,” said Vancouver Fire Marshall Heidi Scarpelli. “The Vancouver Fire Arson Unit worked hard to bring the incident to a resolution, and would like to thank the citizens who provided information regarding the fire, the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Oregon and Southwest Washington ATF office for their assistance.”