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La Serna High School Baseball dugout destroyed by fire

Posted On: June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 at approximately 7am the Whittier Police Department was notified by the La Serna High School staff that the LA County Fire Department was on their campus fighting a structure fire. LA County Fire received the initial call around 5:30am of a structure fire to a baseball dugout and a trash can. When school staff arrived this morning around 7am they saw the fire department on scene and called the Whittier Police. Apparently, some trash cans were set on fire near the tennis courts Monday night June 9th, however the Whittier Police were not called and no structures were involved. This morning La Serna High School staff felt that the fires on Monday night and the fires this morning were not isolated events and asked for the Whittier Police Department’s involvement. Detectives from the Whittier Police Department were on scene today for about six hours collecting evidence and took an arson report. The estimated damage to the baseball dugout at this time is approximately $50,000. Other than the fires occurring on this specific campus, there appears to be no specific threats to staff or students and no other fires have been reported to the Whittier Police Department by area schools over the last few months. This investigation is ongoing and the department will be collaborating with the LA County Fire Department’s Arson Investigators. If anyone has information regarding these fires please call the department at 562-567-9241; Whittier Police Department Det. Dineen will be handling the investigation.