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Computer Lab Destroyed, Three Other Classrooms Damaged By Arson Fire At Central Coast High School

There’s shock on the Central Coast over what authorities are calling an arson attack which destroyed a high school computer lab, and caused some damage to three adjacent classroom facilities.

A fire alarm alerted firefighters to the blaze at San Luis Obispo High School at around 12:30 Thursday morning. Firefighters were able to stop the flames before they spread to other rooms, but the computer lab was gutted.

An alert neighbor alerted police to three men who jumped over a fence near the school. They were found, and arrested on vandalism, burglary, and arson charges. There are other computer labs students can use on campus, but none have the advanced technology like the one lost in the fire. The loss includes a robotic experiment the school was planning to enter in a competition this weekend.

Two adjacent classrooms suffered smoke damage, while the wood shop is still being assessed for damage.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.