Police and fire officials said arson was the cause of a fire that destroyed a wall of the fine arts building at Esperanza High School early Monday, causing about $250,000 in damage.
Police are seeking a young man seen inside the fenced area of the school about 11 p.m. Sunday, according to Anaheim Police Detective W. W. Lane. The fire was started in a locked quad area next to the ceramics classroom where bales of hay and art supplies were stored, Lane said.
Anaheim firefighters responded to a call at 2:46 a.m. and the fire was put out 45 minutes later at the school at 1830 N. Kellogg Drive, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Gail McCloud. The fire had melted the glass along a 40-foot wall and was burning through the roof of the building when firefighters arrived, McCloud said.
Nine units and approximately 30 firefighters from the Anaheim and Orange fire departments fought the blaze, which could be seen from four miles away, McCloud said. Damage was estimated at $200,000 for the structure and $50,OOO for the contents.