COMPTON — An early morning fire gutted four classrooms at Laurel Elementary School on Thursday, bringing to 12 the number of suspected arson fires of Compton Unified School District buildings in the last 13 months.
The Laurel Elementary fire, which caused an estimated $400,000 in damage, followed by just nine days a $500,000 blaze that leveled six classrooms at Compton High School, said Associate Supt. Robert Sampieri. After the March fire, the school board approved a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who set fire to school property, said Sampieri.
In addition, a Washington Elementary classroom worth $150,000 was destroyed when a rash of fires were set on that campus Jan. 24., he said.
District losses from arson fires since February, 1984, now total $1.35 million, according to school records. The total losses and number of fires are the greatest for any similar period in Compton in the last decade.