Investigators say 2 fires sparked at South Bay school are suspicious

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SAN DIEGO - Students were evacuated from Otay Ranch High School Wednesday morning after a report of two fires on campus.

Chula Vista firefighters and police went to 1250 Olympic Parkway around 7:30 a.m. after a fire was reported at the school. Flames and smoke were coming from the men's restroom near the "700 building" and a dumpster near the theater, according to fire officials.

School officials evacuated the students to the football and softball fields.

The fires were quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

"CVPD detectives and fire investigators believe the fires were suspicious in nature," Chula Vista police Lt. Kenny Heinz said. "The fire in the restroom caused minor damage and no damage was identified from the dumpster fire."

Leonardo Vanegas posted a picture at 7:50 a.m. showing fire engines at the school and students near the softball field.

A student told FOX 5 many Chula Vista firefighters were seen leaving around 8 a.m. Arson investigators remained on campus.

Students returned to classrooms with the exception of two classrooms in the 700 building, school officials said.

Heinz said police have not connected the school fires to other recent fires in Chula Vista.

The Chula Vista Police Department highly encourages parents to discuss these incidents with their children.

Anyone has photos, videos or information as to those responsible for these fires, should call the Chula Vista Police tip line at 619-422-TIPS.  Information can also be relayed to the San Diego Crime Stoppers app P3TIPS.

FOX 5 has reached out to fire and school officials.

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