A four alarm fire that badly damaged an East Vancouver elementary school has been deemed suspicious.
Assistant Fire Chief Frank Dodich says the file has now been passed to Vancouver Police to investigate.
“The fire quickly made its way to the attic area making it very challenging to gain access for our crews. Although the attic was sprinklered, the system was overwhelmed by the intense heat providing little assistance to the fire crews.”
Dodich says one firefighter was injured during the incident with minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Staff with the Vancouver School Board will meet this weekend to review the damage and plan for students with the school year just weeks away.
Chair Mike Lombardi says fire crews worked hard to try and contain the damage.
“They’re doing an assessment at the building, they’ll be doing a walk through with our staff and fire department, and then our staff will be meeting this weekend to prepare a variety of recommendations and options to deal with school start up, because that’s what the focus is right now.”
“A school is the heart of many communities.”
Lombardi says there are a handful of buildings on site.
“There are five buildings on the site, so I would think they’ll be exploring that there’s possibilities of working things out on the site, and if not, they’ll explore other options.”
It offers hope that students might be able to start September classes on the property as scheduled.
Carlton is one of 12 Vancouver schools facing possible closure but Lombardi says it’s too early to say how the fire will affect those calculations.