Arson fire damages elementary school

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SAN DIEGO – A predawn arson fire caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage Monday at a Kensington-area primary school.

A person living near the school called San Diego Fire-Rescue Department around 5:30 a.m. to report flames near Franklin Elementary School on Copeland Avenue, according to Sgt. Alfonso Conteras.

When firefighters arrived, they found clothing and boxes on fire which spread to a wall near the cafeteria, Conteras said. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

Windows in the building shattered due to the heat from the fire, which also caused moderate smoke damage to the auditorium and cafeteria, according to SDFRD spokeswoman Monday Munoz.

Investigators said someone set the fire. They would like anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Investigators estimated the fire caused about $20,000 worth of damage to the building and $1,000 to other items.

Classes at the school were not canceled.

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